Thutmose served as court sculptor to two kings in Egypt’s glorious New Kingdom: Amenhotep III and Amenhotep IV (later Akhenaten). This master also decorated beautiful tombs belonging to nobles from Thebes to Memphis, and as well as in Tell el-Amarna (Akhetaten). When Dr. Zivie discovered the tomb Bubasteion at Saqqara, the necropolis of ancient Memphis, he attributed it to Thutmose, who engraved and painted it himself—and identified this same artist as the creator of the exceptional, and now iconic, work of art: the polychrome bust of Nefertiti, Akhenaten’s “Great King’s Wife.”
About Programs at the Ancient Art Council
Programs are varied and include such activities as lectures by noted archaeologists, museum curators, and ancient art historians; exclusive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions; fund-raising events; and travel programs to ancient sites and other museums. Members also receive invitations from related organizations to attend lectures ad exhibition openings. Your annual membership dues and contributions will assist in furthering the Ancient Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums.
An Egyptian Michelangelo: Thutmose, the Creator of the Bust of Nefertiti
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater, Legion of Honor
Dr. Alain Zivie
This lecture is free and open to the public. Donations at the door of the Gunn Theater are always greatly appreciated.