The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Friday, September 20, 2019

Ancient art collection goes to Emory
Coffin of Taosiris. Akhmim. Egyptian. Late Period, 722-332 BC. Wood, pigment. Gift of the Georges Ricard Foundation.

ATLANTA, GA.- The Michael C. Carlos Museum announced a centennial gift from the Georges Ricard Foundation of the Senusret Collection, one of the most extensive collections of ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern objects to be donated to a U.S. museum.

The Senusret Collection is named after the workman’s village Hetep-Senusret in Fayum, Egypt, which was home to the laborers who built the pyramid of pharaoh Senusret II.

The collection is composed of approximately 1,500 objects from the ancient world with highlights such as Late Period coffins with mummies, gilded funerary masks, finely crafted bronze statuettes of deities, exquisite New Kingdom relief stele, Iranian Luristan bronzes, Near Eastern cylinder seals, ancient gold jewelry, and a collection of ancient glass.

The Senusret Collection was assembled by French businessman Georges Ricard in the 1970s.

On June 2, 1975, the Senusret Collection opened to great fanfare as the Museum of Egypt and the Ancient World in Monaco, an event attended by such notables as Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. Within a few years, the museum closed due to conservation concerns.

In the 1980s, the collection moved with the Ricard family to Santa Barbara, California, as a nonprofit public benefit corporation, the California Institute of World Archaeology. In the interest of bringing the Senusret Collection to a larger public, Georges Ricard and his son Yann have shared it online since 1997 as the Virtual Egyptian Museum. A brief history of the collection and select works of art can be viewed through the Carlos Museum website.

The gift of the Senusret Collection strengthens the Carlos Museum and Emory University’s position as a national and international resource for the study of ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern art and culture.

“We never intended or imagined the Senusret Collection would leave California, but once we met the Carlos Museum staff, the unthinkable turned into the compelling. Although we didn’t want to part with the collection, we soon became convinced that entrusting it to the Carlos was a golden opportunity to realize all the hopes and dreams Georges had for it since its arrival in the United States more than 30 years ago,” Yann Ricard notes.

“Nowhere else could we find such a cohesive, dedicated, and creative team of consummate professionals on a mission not only to lovingly preserve our world’s cultural heritage but also to use collections to ignite imaginations, convey meaning, elicit emotion, and inspire reflection.”

“Emory is thrilled to accept this remarkable collection for the Michael C. Carlos Museum,” says Dwight A. McBride, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “Based on current assessments, the Senusret Collection is the largest single collection of ancient Egyptian art to be gifted to a U.S. institution in this century.

"The selection of Emory over many other preeminent contenders as the permanent home for this collection demonstrates the international renown of the Carlos Museum and its staff," McBride says. "A gift of this magnitude further elevates our university’s reputation as a destination for scholars and students of ancient art and culture.”

After the artwork is further researched and conserved, a process likely to take several years and in which Emory students and faculty will participate, the collection will go on view as a special exhibition at the Carlos Museum.

However, select works of art will be on view to attendees of Veneralia, the museum’s annual fundraising gala, on May 18. Veneralia will mark the collection’s North American debut and the first time it will have been exhibited since it was last on view in Monaco in the late 1970s.

Today's News

April 17, 2019

Boca Raton Museum of Art opens exhibition of comics and contemporary art

'Like a bombing': Daylight reveals extent of Notre-Dame damage

Counting the losses: what we know about Notre-Dame's treasures

Firefighters form human chain to rescue priceless treasures

Noguchi Museum announces plans to create unified campus

'Legendary' Notre-Dame roof astounded Middle Ages: carpenter

The V&A announces new collaboration with The Sir Elton John Photography Collection including major donation

Apollo 15 flown Command Module Rescue arrow up for auction

Ancient art collection goes to Emory

Export Bar placed on Renaissance casket in a bid to keep it in UK

New-York Historical Society shocases early American Bibles

Artcurial auction pays tribute to the greatest names in comic strips

MFA Boston appoints Michelle Millar Fisher as Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts

Vienna's Secession opens an exhibition of works by Fernanda Gomes

Improper Walls opens an exhibition of works by Lithuanian artist Akvile Magicdust

Sabrina Amrani presents 'A Rhythm For Falling', Alexandra Karakashian's first solo exhibition in Spain

Royal Ontario Museum records another banner year in attendance

Burlesque Hall of Fame exhibits work of midcentury photojournalist F. Roy Kemp

Simon Hanselmann's Megg, Mogg & Owl come to life at Bellevue Arts Museum

MAXXI dedicates a major exhibition to Paolo Di Paolo and his extraordinary life

Christie's Magnificent Jewels totals $30.3 million

Robert E. Lee, George Washington, Albert Einstein and more going public in Americana & Political Auction

DC Moore Gallery opens exhibition by legendary African American artist David Driskell

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art announces its new Endowment Fund

Realistic Body & True Love, Sex Doll Buyers Interview

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Holocaust 'masterpiece' causes uproar at Venice film festival

2.- To be unveiled at Sotheby's: One of the greatest collections of Orientalist paintings ever assembled

3.- Bender Gallery features paintings by up and coming Chicago artist Michael Hedges

4.- Lévy Gorvy exhibits new and historic works by French master in his centenary year

5.- Artificial Intelligence as good as Mahler? Austrian orchestra performs symphony with twist

6.- Fascinating new exhibition explores enduring artistic bond between Scotland and Italy

7.- Exhibition explores the process of Japanese-style woodblock production

8.- Robert Frank, photographer of America's underbelly, dead at 94

9.- The truth behind the legend of patriot Paul Revere revealed in a new exhibition at New-York Historical Society

10.- Hitler bust found in cellar of French Senate

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful