Monday, March 2, 2015

Object of the Day, Museum Edition: Tombeau de Lipsius. Pyramide. Chefren. 1880-1890

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"Tombeau de Lipsius"
Pierre Henri Theodore Tetar van Elven
The Victoria & Albert Museum

Painted in Egypt between 1880 and 1890 by the monumentally-named Pierre Henri Theodore Tetar van Elven (1828-1908), this work of watercolor over pencil is accented with white oil paint.

Titled, “Tombeau de Lipsius,” the image actually depicts a scene from Giza of the Pyramid of Khufu. Such a painting would have satisfied the growing desire for exotic images of Egypt which developed from late Nineteenth Century archaeological finds.

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