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March 25 Lecture Will Focus on Joseph Lindon Smith, "Portrait Painter of Ancient Egypt"
For release: March 7, 2006
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The Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at the University of Memphis will present its third annual Legacy of Egypt lecture on Saturday, March 25. Dr Diana Wolfe Larkin will discuss "Joseph Lindon Smith: Portrait Painter of Ancient Egypt" during an illustrated talk in the lobby of the Communication and Fine Arts building. A reception begins at 3 p.m., followed by the lecture at 3:30. The free event is open to the public.

Larkin also will give a tour of the five original Joseph Lindon Smith paintings on display in the College of Communication and Fine Arts lobby and the Art Museum.

Smith (1863-1950), an American painter, spent much of his career in Egypt driven by a fascination with its ancient monuments and his desire to share them with others. Close-up views of scenes carved on temple and tomb walls became his specialty, and his "portraits" of ancient kings, queens and others earned widespread praise. In an era before color photography, his images had tremendous educational value. Smith chose to match the dimensions of the original works in his paintings.

An art historian specializing in the art of ancient Egypt, Larkin became interested in the response of 19th and 20th century European and American artists to Egyptian masterworks when she served as guest curator of a 1997 exhibition at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. That show featured vintage photographs, engravings, lithographs, and illustrated books, as well as two paintings by Smith.

Larkin went on to serve as guest curator for a 1998 exhibition at Brown University highlighting Smith's Egyptian paintings.

For more information, call 901-678-2555.

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