The Nefertari Wall Paintings Conservation Project, 1986-1992

Art and Eternity: The Nefertari Wall Paintings Conservation Project, 1986-1992

Miguel Angel Corzo and Mahasti Afshar, Editors


160 pages

PDF file size: 18.9 MB


This is the final report on the conservation of the wall paintings in the tomb of Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens, Egypt. This highly successful collaborative venture launched by the Getty Conservation Institute and the Egyptian Antiquities Organization brought together scientists and conservators from all over the world to address the problems facing one of the most beautiful monuments of antiquity. The painstaking process that saved this cultural treasure in situ is documented in the text written by those who were most intimately involved in its rescue. Paolo and Laura Mora worked with and trained the team of conservators who carried out the consolidation and cleaning of the paintings. An international group of scientists carried out the analysis that was essential to the conservation process. Others contribute articles on the archaeology of the Valley, the iconography of the tomb, the original techniques and materials used by the artists, photographic documentation of the wall paintings, and literary sources for their study.

Table of Contents

  • Project Members
  • Dynasties of Ancient Egypt
  • Foreword
    Mohamed Ibrahim Bakr
  • Introduction
    Miguel Angel Corzo
  • Map of the Theban Necropolis, and the Nefertari Tomb Plan
  • Color Plates
  • Map of Egypt
  • The Valley of the Queens and Royal Children
    Christian Leblanc
  • Iconography of the Nefertari Wall Paintings
    Mahasti Afshar
  • Original Painting Techniques and Materials Used in the Tomb of Nefertari
    Stephen Rickerby
  • Analyses of Pigments, Binding Media, and Varnishes
    Dusan Stulik, Eduardo Porta, and Antoni Palet
  • The Nefertari Conservation Program
    Paolo Mora and Laura Sbordoni Mora
  • The Color Measurement Program in the Tomb of Nefertari
    Michael Schilling
  • Photographic Documentation of the Nefertari Wall Paintings
    Mahasti Afshar
  • Environmental Monitoring at the Tomb of Nefertari
    Shin Maekawa
  • Conclusion
    Neville Agnew
  • Source Materials for the Study of the Nefertari Wall Paintings:
    • I. The History, Art, and Archaeology of the Nineteenth Dynasty
    • II. Abu Simbel: General History, Art, and Archaeology
    • III. Scientific and Paintings Conservation Studies