La llegada de la fotografía provocó un cambio radical en el planteamiento de los artistas y egiptólogos pioneros a la hora de representar las imágenes que tomaban del país de las pirámides. Los Colosos de Memnon. Colección Egipto 1930 - Fondo de exposiciones de Fundación Sophia.

The Museum San Carlos Castle hosts the vintage photographic exhibition “Egypt 1930”

The showcase, from Fundación Sophia’s exhibit trust, will be on view at this historic building at Carretera Dique del Oeste in Porto Pi, in Palma, from 14 April to 13 May and it opens Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 to 14h. The entrance is free. For more information call 971 402 145 –  www.fundacionsophia.com

This collection of vintage photographs was produced by an anonymous German traveller around the 1930’s, at a time when archaeological expeditions started to become popular in Egypt, an activity which benefited the media projection of the discovery of the tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings on the 4th November 1922.

“We host this exhibit because of its historical interest”, explains Pablo Fernádez, acting director of Castillo Museo San Carlos. “1930 marks the beginning of the popularity of the archaeological and touristic voyages to places with an extraordinary historical trust”, he adds.

The excavation and study of the ruins of ancient temples and monuments of the Egyptian civilisation reached feverish pitch after the celebrated discovery, financed by Lord Carnarvon, an English noble and amateur Egyptologist, who was passionate about ancient civilisations.

The collection of 48 photographs was added to the exhibit trust of Fundación Sophia in 2004. After various analysis were carried out on the images, and the almost forgotten legends that appear on the back of some of the pictures by the experts at the Centre of Studies at the Fundación Sophia, it appears that the photographs were taken by an anonymous German traveller in the 1930’s.

An anonymous traveller

This anonymous traveller could have taken a Mediterranean cruise with the famous ship S.S. Esperia, and would have probably taken the route Genova – Venice – Alexandria, where he most probably disembarked to start his journey through the land of the Pharaohs.

Interestingly, the S. S. Esperia is probably one of the greatest legends in maritime history as during its first twenty years of journeys to Egypt, this extraordinary vessel transported the most notable travellers, archaeologists, historians and scholars of Ancient Egypt, such as the Swiss Egyptologist and academic Edouard Naville, and the English Egyptologists W. M. Flinders Petrie and Alan Gardiner, pioneers in the study of the science of Egyptology.

Coloso del faraón Ramsés II en el interior del Museo de Menfis. Colección Egipto 1930 - Fondo de exposiciones de Fundación Sophia.

Coloso del faraón Ramsés II en el interior del Museo de Menfis. Colección Egipto 1930 – Fondo de exposiciones de Fundación Sophia.

The collection was first exhibited at the headquarters of Fundación Sophia in Palma de Majorca in November 2012, to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen by the Egyptologist Howard Carter, a discovery that popularized the study of Egyptology and tourism in Egypt.

“We wanted to remember with the exhibition Egypt 1930 the important event in the study of Egyptology, that was discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen,” says Javier Vilar, Egyptologist and president of the Fundación Sophia. “This milestone was the result of the tenacity of Howard Carter and the vision of his patron, Lord Carnarvon. Their collaboration resulted in the most surprising discovery in Egyptology in the twentieth century,” he added.

The Fundación Sophia is a private entity of an educational nature, whose founding principles are to disseminate the thought and art of traditional cultures, the sponsorship of young artists and researchers and to promote volunteerism, especially in the field of culture.

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