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Melinda HartwigCurator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art

Education

Ph.D., Near Eastern Art & Archaeology with emphasis on ancient Egypt, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, New York, NY, 2000

M.A., Art History & Archaeology, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, New York, NY, 1994

M.A., Near Eastern Studies, University of California-Berkeley, CA, 1986

B.A., Art History and Organizational Studies, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, 1983

Biography

Melinda Hartwig is a Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. Previously, she served as a Professor of Art History at Georgia State University and faculty curator at the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at the University of Memphis, TN. She directs conservation and documentation projects in Egypt in painted Theban tomb chapels. Her research centers on the agency of ancient Egyptian imagery, interconnections within the ancient eastern Mediterranean basin, multispectral imaging, and stratigraphic analysis to identify artists, materials, and work processes. Her edited volume, A Companion to Ancient Egyptian Art, explored her interest in critical inquiry, which received the 2016 PROSE Award for Single Volume Reference in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Research Interests

  • Agency and reception of ancient Egyptian mortuary imagery
  • The interplay of cultural forms of expression in the ancient Near East
  • Artists, materials, and work processes
  • Museology

Selected Publications

Books

Hartwig Tomb Painting and Identity in Ancient Thebes

Tomb Painting and Identity in Ancient Thebes, 1419-1372 BCE. Monumenta Aegyptiaca XII, série IMAGO n°3. Turnhout: Brepols, 2004.

Edited Volumes

Hartwig A Companion to Ancient Egyptian Art

A Companion to Ancient Egyptian Art. Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World. Boston & Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.

Hartwig The Tomb Chapel of Menna

The Tomb Chapel of Menna (Theban Tomb 69): The Art, Culture and Science of Painting in an Egyptian Tomb. American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) Conservation Series 5. Cairo & New York: American University in Cairo Press, 2013, 2nd printing 2021.

 

Curated Exhibitions

Life and the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Art from the Senusret Collection, Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, February – August 2023

Glories of Ancient Egypt, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, March 13 - September 19, 2004

Gods of Ancient Memphis, The University of Memphis Art Museum, Memphis, TN, July 28 - October 15, 2001