The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Color the Temple: Scene 1, an experimental lighting display that combines Egyptology with digital technology, has been extended through Sunday, April 24. Originally scheduled to run during evening hours for only eight weekends, from January 29 through March 18, the display—at the Museum’s Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing—will now continue for longer hours and an additional five weekends.
Colours that likely decorated an ancient Egyptian temple when it was built 2,000 years ago, but have since eroded away, can be seen now at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. To be shown for a series of eight weekends -beginning January 29, the experimental lighting display Color the Temple: Scene 1 combines the scholarly knowledge of specialists in the Egyptian Art Department with the technological expertise of staff in the MediaLab at the Met.
The colours that were probably used in antiquity will be projected onto a ritual scene carved into the sandstone of the beloved Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing, providing visitors with a new perspective on ancient art.
In the scene, the Roman emperor Augustus, depicted as a pharaoh, makes an offering to Egyptian deities. Constructed in around 15 B.C., the Temple’s external walls have retained no original color.
Learn HERE about the whole process of colouring the temple.