Kimbell Art Museum presents "Queen Nefertari's Egypt"
The special exhibition "Queen Nefertari's Egypt" celebrates the wives of pharaohs of the New Kingdom Period (1550-1070 BC), when Egyptian civilization was at its height. Nefertari, whose name means "the most beautiful of them all," was the beloved royal wife of Pharaoh Ramesses II.
Linked to some of the most magnificent monuments of ancient Egypt, she not only appears in statues, images and inscriptions on the buildings of Ramesses II, but a complete temple was consecrated to her in Abu Simbel, beside the one dedicated to her husband. Her tomb is the largest and most richly decorated in the Valley of the Queens.
Nefertari, as well as other royal wives, sisters, daughters and mothers of pharaohs, and even women who were pharaohs themselves, are brought to life through approximately 230 exceptional objects, including statues, jewelry, vases, papyrus, steles, mummies, wooden coffins, and stone sarcophagi, as well as various items of daily life.
These astonishing treasures showcase the legacy of these amazing women, whose status often verged on divine. All of the selected masterpieces are from the Museo Egizio in Turin, the second-most-important Egyptian collection in the world after Cairo and one of the most prestigious museums in Italy.