Ancient Egypt has been called a “civilization without cities,” a characterization echoed in the so-called “town problem” some have seen for Egyptian archaeology and history. Although cities were central and critical to Mesopotamian and Graeco-Roman civilizations, the Egyptians seem to have followed a different urban paradigm. Linguistically, the Egyptian language contains few words that can be translated as “city” or “town;” textually urbanism is rarely mentioned. By contrast, archaeologically we have numerous remains of settlements of various sizes and characteristics.
Florence Gould Theater
Active in Paris during the mid-seventeenth century, Antoine, Louis, and Mathieu Le Nain created some of the most beautiful and enigmatic works of art. They lived together, shared a studio, and worked in such an incredibly interwoven manner that, three hundred years later, the question of which brother created which painting continues to fascinate art historians.
Today's talk explores the history and collections of one of the world’s great undiscovered treasure houses, Mount Stuart, on the Isle of Bute. The island has been the home of the Stuarts of Bute since the granting of the lands by King Robert the II of Scotland in the year 1400 and the gothic masterpiece that is Mount Stuart is the repository of over 660 years of history and collecting. Home to a vast archive as well as collections of furniture, decorative arts, silver, textiles, as well as a world class art collection, there is a lot to discover.