Artist/Maker: Kostas Kampouropoulos (1939-2018)
Object/Materials and Techniques: Oil on canvas
Date: Painted between 2007-2016
Dimensions: H. 150 cm. x W. 110 cm.
Art style: Romantic elements with surrealistic expressionistic structures/Abstract art
Current Location: Private collection
Curator’s note: Clearly inspired by the Egyptian history, as well as the ‘Aida‘ opera, in which the painter once took part. A round up of the Dynasty of Tutankhamun’s bloodline. On the right, we can see Hatshepsut, and on the centre, Ramses the 2nd, who often is regarded as the greatest, most celebrated, and most powerful pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt.
[ Tutankhamun was one of the most famous pharaohs of The Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt which is classified as the first Dynasty of the Ancient Egyptian New Kingdom period (lasting from 1549/1550 BC to 1292 BC) and it is unique among Ancient Egyptian dynasties in that it had two women who ruled as sole Pharaoh:
- Hatshepsut, the longest reigning female sovereign of Egypt who is generally regarded as one of the most innovative rulers of Ancient Egypt (of either gender), and
- King Neferneferuaten, usually identified as the iconic Queen Nefertiti.
The Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt is the first of the three dynasties of the Egyptian New Kingdom, the period in which ancient Egypt reached the peak of its power. ]