Monday, August 24, 2015

Ancient Egypt this week: Movies, Nefertiti, Cleopatra, the Met, & Blue Suede Sandals?

Gods of Egypt tipped to be the big flop of 2016?‏

Gerard Butler stars in the new movie Gods of Egypt, which will hit the big screen in 2016. Many are tipping the film to be a big flop

You can pretty much guarantee that there will be at least one big movie flop every year, with a project having a very impressive budget but failing to make back the numbers at the box office. This year we have already seen a couple of films struggling to turn a profit at the box office, with talk already turning to which movies could be the big flop of next year.

The Nefertiti story continues

Archaeologist Nicholas Reeves is set to arrive in Egypt mid-September in the hopes of confirming his theory about the location of Nefertiti’s final resting place. The visit is at the invitation of Egypt's Antiquities Ministry.
Could the long lost burial place of Queen Nefertiti be located inside King Tutankhamun's tomb? Al-Ahram Daily Interviews British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves
Author Michelle Moran brought the famous Egyptian queen to life in her popular book Nefertiti – and is thrilled by what the possible discovery of her tomb could teach us about her life.
Ancient Egypt at the Met

Jewelry, art and stone sculpture from ancient Egypt's renaissance will be on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning this fall.

The new exhibit, titled "Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom," will be the first comprehensive presentation of Middle Kingdom art and culture, and will feature many items that have never been shown in the U.S., according to museum officials. Here's another article.

Leather Sandals

In Ancient Egypt, leather sandals were color coded according to class; dignitaries wore pastels and the middle class wore plain yellow and red. Of course, gold leather and jewels were saved for the Pharaoh and his court. Over time, the king upped his style game with pointed sandals that peaked over the foot... sort of like an elf. The peaked style was a clear sign of power since only the wealthy could afford to use the extra leather for embellishments, not function.

‘Blue’ adds history and culture to the color

Blue-plate special, blue jeans, blues music: Today the color blue is associated with a down-to-earth sensibility. But it was not always so. In ancient Egypt blue was a sacred color, expensive and rare.

Blue was associated with the heavens and the life-giving waters of the Nile, but blue pigments weren’t easy to use or deep in hue. That changed in the 12th century, when Europe began importing an intensely blue pigment made from a semiprecious stone found in Afghanistan and Persia. Blue became a favorite color of royalty. Yet because of its expense, blue remained a luxury item for painters. Advances in Germany and France in the 18th and 19th centuries gave painters such as Monet, Renoir, and van Gogh a range of affordable blues. “Blue” makes it clear that the art of every age is inextricably tied to business and technology, discoveries and inventions, supply and demand.

Who will be the next Cleopatra? 

Hunt is on for actress to play 18-year-old Egyptian Queen in new TV series.
Beautiful, powerful, rich, famous and a string of high profile lovers - Cleopatra was the original celebrity.
Now a search is underway to find a young actress to play the 18-year-old Egyptian queen in a new TV series.