Luxor Temple Find us
Completed March 2009
ARCE partnered with Chicago House to document, clean and conserve remaining paintings in this late 3rd century Roman legionary shrine, from the reign of Diocletian, within the Luxor Temple. The murals were painted in fresco on lime plaster by a group of exceptionally skilled artists who were probably attached to Diocletian's imperial court.
When the project began in 2005, it was unclear whether there would be enough preserved to justify the effort and expense of a conservation project. The results thus far have exceeded expectations.
Nevertheless, they also highlight two important issues: the tragic loss of so much high quality Roman painting since John Gardner Wilkinson copied these paintings in the mid-19th century; and the dilemma of how to preserve the paintings in the future after the cleaning and conservation without compromising the temple with an intrusive shelter.
The project was completed in 2009.
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF MUSEUMS
The International Council of Museums, in an effort to fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods, compiles the Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk. This list aims to help art and heritage professionals and law enforcement officials identify Egyptian objects that are protected by national and international legislations. View the Red List for Egypt.