For the ancient Egyptians nothing existed before creation except a dark expanse of endless water. With the creation of the cosmos came light and color. In this talk Gay Robins, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Art History at Emory University, explores the ways in which the Egyptians used color to represent their ideas about the created world, its divine inhabitants, and the king who ruled on earth as the sun god’s representative.
This event is co-sponsored with the Cleveland Museum of Art.
About the speaker:
Gay Robins is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Art History and the Michael C. Carlos Museum Faculty Consultant for Ancient Egyptian Art at Emory University. Her research interests are Ancient Egyptian art; composition, style and proportion; and issues of gender and sexuality. Professor Robin’s publications include Egyptian Painting and Relief, Shire Publications, 1986; Women in Ancient Egypt, British Museum Press and Harvard University Press, 1993;Proportion and Style in Ancient Egyptian Art, University of Texas Press, 1994; and The Art of Ancient Egypt, British Museum Press and Harvard University Press, 1997. She has published articles on royal women of the 18th dynasty, Egyptian mathematics; artists’ squared grids, proportions of the human figure in Egyptian art and in life, gender issues in Egyptian art.