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Nefertiti's face : the creation of an icon
Nefertiti's face : the creation of an icon
Tyldesley, Joyce2018
More than three thousand years ago a sculptor working in the royal city of Amarna carved a limestone bust of an Egyptian queen. The queen was Nefertiti, consort of the 'heretic pharaoh' Akhenaten. Plastered and painted, Nefertiti's bust depicted an extraordinarily beautiful woman. However, Akhenaten's reign was drawing to an end, and the royal family was soon to be written out of Egypt's official history. Not long after its creation the stone Nefertiti was locked in a storeroom and forgotten. In 1912 the bust was re-discovered and transported to Germany. Initially hidden from the public view, the beautiful queen was eventually displayed in Berlin Museum. Instantly, she became an ancient world celebrity. Egypt has yielded more than its fair share of artistic masterpieces, but no other sculpture has so successfully bridged the gap between the ancient and modern worlds. The timeless beauty of the Nefertiti bust both attracts us and sparks our imagination, but in so doing it obscures our view of the past, shifting attention not only from the other members of the Amarna court, but also from other, equally valid, representations of Nefertiti herself. In this book Joyce Tyldesley explores the creation of a cultural icon, from its ancient origins to its modern context: its discovery, i
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London : Profile Books, 2018.
viii, 228 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 204-216) and index.
Introduction: Seeking Nefertiti -- Background to the Amarna Age -- Part I: Creating Nefertiti. Thutmose ; Chief of works ; Taught by the King ; The beautiful woman -- Part II: Recreating Nefertiti. The colourful Queen ; The German queen ; Multiple Nefertitis ; Looking for Nefertiti.
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