Producing Company: The Ashmolean Museum

Crazy for Egypt

Alastair Sooke, Ghislaine Wood & Stephanie Moser

The land of the Pharaohs has long been a source of inspiration for Western artists, but the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922 unleashed a craze for all things Egyptian as never before, influencing everything from the visual arts to music and literature.

Join art critic Alastair Sooke in conversation with Ghislaine Wood, from the V&A, and Professor Stephanie Moser of Southampton University for this unique Friday at 5pm about the influence of ancient Egypt on our cultural lives.

Venue: Main Stage  |  Category: Talk

Date Time Booking Price Extra
Fri 26/9 17:00 Book Tickets £9 (£7)



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