SCOPE 5

EGYPTOMANIA

This space is dedicated to the influence that the culture and art of Ancient Egypt have had on Western cultures, which received an important boost with Napoleon’s expedition in 1798. In his military adventure, Bonaparte surrounded himself with academics and scientists who did a great job of collecting the Pharaonic legacy, introducing Western culture to the temples, monuments, paintings, reliefs, plans and ancient objects of a vanished civilization.

_THE DANCER OF THEBES, CLAIRE J. R. COLINET_
Ivory, bronze and black marble / 1920
Museo Art Nouveau y Art Déco, Casa Lis.
Fundación Manuel Ramos Andrade, Salamanca (inv. no. 00069-C.069)

This feat caused enormous admiration and development of this artistic style, which would subsequently be a source of inspiration for artists who would make their own interpretation of ancient Egyptian art. This movement is known as Egyptomania.

Closer to our time, the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by Howard Carter in 1922 had an enormous impact on the media and led to a renewed interest in Egyptology. In fact, all the pieces displayed in this section of the exhibition belong to the first half of the 20th century, and reflect the interpretation and inspiration of many artists in works that, although in some cases are far removed from their origin, allow us to glimpse and discover the essence of Egypt

Take, for example, the perfume bottle, elegantly decorated with a schematic inspiration of the lotus flower, a symbol of resurrection in Ancient Egypt. Or the striking figures of half-naked dancers in delicate movement, adorned with bracelets. The painting, Salomé, oil on canvas, by Julio Borrel Pla, is highly original because it represents this biblical character as a dancer from Ancient Egypt.

_SALOMÉ, PAINTING BY JULIO BORRELL PLA_
Oil on canvas / 1910
Museo Art Nouveau y Art Déco, Casa Lis.
Fundación Manuel Ramos Andrade, Salamanca (inv. no. 02399-P.213)