One enduring concept has become clear to me during my years of historical pigment research. The colors used in world cultures throughout the ages are many of the very same pigments. The earth itself over thousands of centuries has created a harmonious palette of archival and readily available colors to create some of the most beautiful [read more]
Lessons from the Pharaoh's Tomb 2
A continued exploration of pigments from Egyptian antiquity, featuring additional imagery, myths, events, colorful stories of gods and goddesses, and Pharaohs dating from 3500 BCE.
Festival of Opet ©Margret E. Short, OPA, AWA 30×30 Oil on Linen Lessons from the Pharaoh's Tomb, Part Two Each year in Ancient Egypt, a magnificent event took place which was a most enduring spectacle called The Festival of Opet in Thebes the present day Luxor. The Pharaoh and his queen led a procession of [read more]
Gifts from the Nubians ©Margret E. Short, 2011, OPA. AWA, 10×8 Oil on Panel Lessons from the Pharaoh's Tomb, Part Two Nubia, located just south of Egypt on the Nile River, is known as the Kingdom of Kush and the Land of Gold. Because Egypt had no gold, they were dependent upon the Nubians for [read more]
Vizier’s Habiliments © Margret E. Short 2011, OPA. AWA Oil on Linen 9×10 Lessons from the Pharaoh's Tomb, Part Two Galerie Gabrie, Pasadena This painting depicts the various habiliments Vizier Amenemope might use while relaxing during his favorite pastime (painting) while not advising the Pharaoh. Shown next to the red jar, is the paint box [read more]
Nefertiti's Garland ©Margret E. Short, OPA, AWA, 12×5 Oil on Panel Lessons from the Pharaoh's Tomb, Part Two Queen Nefertiti’s image of elegant beauty is instantly recognizable around the world. She lived on the east bank of the Nile with her six daughters and the Pharaoh, Akhenaten. They reigned during the eighteenth dynasty, 1500–1292 BCE [read more]