Art and Eternity: The Neferati Wall Paintings Conservation Project, 1986-1992

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This is the final report on the conservation of the wall paintings in the tomb of Nefertari in the Valley of Queens, Egypt. This highly successful collaborative venture brought together scientists and conservators from all over the world to address the problems facing one of the most beautiful monuments of antiquity. The painstaking process that saved this cultural treasure in situ is documented here by those most intimately involved in its rescue. Other articles deal with the archaeology of the Valley, the ...
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This is the final report on the conservation of the wall paintings in the tomb of Nefertari in the Valley of Queens, Egypt. This highly successful collaborative venture brought together scientists and conservators from all over the world to address the problems facing one of the most beautiful monuments of antiquity. The painstaking process that saved this cultural treasure in situ is documented here by those most intimately involved in its rescue. Other articles deal with the archaeology of the Valley, the iconography of the tomb, the original techniques and materials used by the artists, photographic documentation of the wall paintings, and literary sources for their study.
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Table of Contents

Project Members
Dynasties of Ancient Egypt
Foreword 1
Introduction 3
Map of the Theban Necropolis, and the Nefertari Tomb Plan 6
Color Plates 7
Map of Egypt 18
The Valley of the Queens and Royal Children 19
Iconography of the Nefertari Wall Paintings 31
Original Painting Techniques and Materials Used in the Tomb of Nefertari 43
Analyses of Pigments, Binding Media, and Varnishes 55
The Nefertari Conservation Program 67
The Color Measurement Program in the Tomb of Nefertari 83
Photographic Documentation of the Nefertari Wall Paintings 95
Environmental Monitoring at the Tomb of Nefertari 105
Conclusion 123
Source Materials for the Study of the Nefertari Wall Paintings 125
I. The History, Art, and Archaeology of the Nineteenth Dynasty 125
II. Abu Simbel: General History, Art, and Archaeology 131
III. Scientific and Paintings Conservation Studies 134
Author Index 140
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