The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, July 20, 2019


Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology's massive granite Sphinx is the subject of new book
The Penn Museum’s lower Egypt Gallery features the largest ancient sphinx in the Western Hemisphere. Photo: Penn Museum.


PHILADELPHIA, PA.- A regal and undisputed centerpiece of the lower Egypt Gallery, the Penn Museum’s massive granite Sphinx—the largest ancient sphinx in the Western Hemisphere—has long been an icon for the Museum and a “must see” for visiting guests. In 2013, when the Sphinx had been in Philadelphia 100 years, the Museum hosted a party, inviting the public and Philadelphia school children to come out and celebrate. Hijinks with the Sphinx featured talks, a social media contest, family activities, and anniversary cupcakes to mark the occasion.

Meanwhile, Josef Wegner and Jennifer Houser Wegner, long-time Associate Curators in the Museum’s Egyptian Section, were working on an even bigger tribute: a book. While the idea started out as an oversized booklet, their research took on a life of its own, and the fascinating story behind the Sphinx took on a more sizeable form. The Sphinx That Traveled to Philadelphia: The Story of the Colossal Sphinx in the Penn Museum, published by the Penn Museum and distributed by the University of Pennsylvania Press, is a uniquely Philadelphia story told in 256 pages packed with 455 illustrations. The hardbound book ($29.95) goes on sale in the Penn Museum shop beginning November 1. Readers can also order the book through the University of Pennsylvania Press website and other retail outlets.

“When we started the project we knew the sphinx was a wonderful artifact—but we had no idea how wonderful,” noted Joe Wegner. “Before long, we realized that this one extraordinary object, created thousands of years ago by ancient Egyptians, had many fascinating stories to tell. The sphinx is silent no more.”

Written to celebrate the centennial of the Sphinx's arrival in Philadelphia in 1913, the narrative of The Sphinx that Traveled to Philadelphia covers the original excavations and archaeological history of the Sphinx, how it came to Philadelphia, and the unexpected ways in which the Sphinx's story intersects with the history of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Museum just before World War I.

The book features ample illustrations—photographs, letters, newspaper stories, postcards, maps, and drawings—drawn largely from the extensive materials in the Museum Archives. Images of related artifacts in the Penn Museum's Egyptian collection and other objects from the Egyptian, Near East, and Mediterranean Sections (many not on view and some never before published), as well as pieces in museums in the US, Europe, and Egypt, place the story of the Penn Museum Sphinx in a wider context. The writing style is informal and text is woven around the graphics that form the backbone of the narrative.

The Sphinx that Traveled to Philadelphia is designed to be of interest to a wide audience of adult readers but accessible and engaging to younger readers—including, hopefully, the next generation of Egyptologists—as well.





Today's News

October 17, 2015

Roy Lichtenstein painting expected to set record at Christie's New York auction

Vilhelm Hammershøi's 19th-and 20th-century masterpieces on view at Scandinavia House

National Gallery of Art announces major acquisition of Jacob Ochtervelt painting

Works by Cézanne, Gauguin, Giacometti, Modigliani, Monet and Picasso to be offered at Christie's

Paintings, sculpture and manuscripts from the Mogao Caves on view at Princeton University Art Museum

New Britain Museum of American Art unveils new addition to the Chase Family Building

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey places a temporary export bar on a painting by Rembrandt

Chicago Authored: The Chicago History Museum launches first entirely crowd-sourced exhibition

Burntwood School wins 2015 Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize

Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology's massive granite Sphinx is the subject of new book

Exhibition of new paintings by Austrian artist Heimo Zobernig on view at Simon Lee Gallery

Wadsworth Atheneum presents first exhibition to pair the work of Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorpe

Three new exhibitions to discover at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

"Jewel City: Art from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition" opens at the de Young

Sculptor and painter Bill Barrett exhibits works at the Reading Public Museum

SUNDAY Art Fair showcases 25 international galleries

Peruvian artist Cecilia Paredes exhibits at Tabacalera Promoción Del Arte in Madrid

SOS to rescue legendary US liner from scrap heap

Art of Judith Leiber handbags auction at Heritage sells out 100%

"Field Guide: Photographs by Jochen Lempert" showcases beauty, mystery of nature

BAMPFA introduces Art Wall, which will display a rotation of large-scale commissioned murals

Amon Carter Museum presents "Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum"

Clark Art Institute selects Eileen Myles as recipient of Clark Prize

New Museum presents the first museum exhibition of Barbara Rossi's work in New York

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Original 'Star Wars' creators lift lid on special effects challenges

2.- Lost '$170 million Caravaggio' snapped up before French auction

3.- Mansell's 'Red Five' on pole for Bonhams sale

4.- Impressionism's 'forgotten woman' shines in new Paris show

5.- Sotheby's to auction the best-surviving NASA videotape recordings of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

6.- Exhibition explores Dutch and Spanish painting of the 16th and 17th centuries

7.- Cyprus discovers 'first undisturbed Roman shipwreck'

8.- Sotheby's unveils 'Treasures from Chatsworth' with Leonardo Da Vinci drawing, Lucian Freud portraits, and more

9.- Infamous botched art restoration in Spain gets makeover

10.- 1958 Gibson Flying V Korina played by Dave Davies to grab center stage in Heritage Auctions' sale



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, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez


Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

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