Invisible Cities: Urban Environments in Ancient Egypt

September 24, 2016 -
2:00pm3:30pm

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.

Panel Discussion: "The Mystery of the Brothers Le Nain"

Le Nain, "Three Men and a Boy", ca. 1640-1645
October 8, 2016 - 2:00pm

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.

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