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Thursdays, October 8–29, 6 – 7:30pm*


Glad Forster and Lionel S Reiss. In Cleopatra's Land: An Oriental Fantasy (detail), 1919. Vocal Popular Sheet Music Collection. Score 3244

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

*We encourage you to watch the lectures live, but classes can be streamed anytime after the live session ends. See our FAQ.

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About the Class

Ancient Egypt has captured the imagination of people for thousands of years. Visitors flock to museums to view the remains of this past society and inevitably form their own ideas of what Ancient Egypt was. This course explores how Egypt has been reimagined in visual culture, from the Egyptomania of the early 1900s to today’s Hollywood depictions. We’ll also look at the presentation of Egyptian materials in the Barnes galleries, and in other collections, surveying how museums grapple with presenting this ancient society to contemporary audiences.

Each week, the main lecture will be followed by an optional small-group discussion session that allows students to ask questions and exchange ideas. These 40-minute sessions, moderated by the instructor or a teaching assistant, take place Fridays, October 9–30, between 6 and 8:30 pm. You will be automatically assigned a time slot once you enroll.


Carl Walsh

Walsh is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Barnes, where he is conducting an in-depth study of the collection’s Egyptian antiquities. Walsh earned a PhD from University College London and has taught at Brown University’s Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World. His research focuses on reconstructing the sensorial experiences of ancient Egyptian and Nubian peoples.