Friday, September 18, 2009

A Visit to the King Tut Exhibit

Last week we got the chance to go to the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park San Francisco. It was a bright and sunny day. Just perfect to sit in the park and visit the King Tut Exhibit. We took my sweet mother-in-law who was also looking forward to seeing the exhibit as much as we were. I love going to museums and feeding off all the art history that surrounds you.

I've always been fascinated with Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharoahs. Any movies especially inspired with this era is a must see for me. I enjoy anything with ancient Egyptian culture including pyramids, artifacts & of course mummies.

Here are some photos of the front & across view of the de Young Museum & The California Academy of Sciences.

Our visit to the King Tut exhibit was wonderful. The set up was dark and very easy to tour. It really showed you how they lived and how they were represented in death back in ancient Egypt. The whole exhibit was heavily guarded. I wish I could have taken photos of the wonders I saw. We purchased the extra audio tour and I swear, each time I put it to my ear, an exhibit guard would double check quickly to see what it was. They mean business, no photography allowed. It didn't bother me much. The unbelievable craftsmanship everywhere was breathetaking. I was in absolute awe throughout the tour.

We also tried this fun cartouche. The paper states "A cartouche (pronounced kar-toosh) is a hieroglyphic nameplate or seal. Every ancient Egyptian pharaoh, king, and queen had a cartouche which spelled out their name..."

(Please excuse the photo quality) We chose to print out our last name even though the meaning of the hieroglyphs represent sounds not letters. So basically it's not really Lectura, but was fun to create just the same.

For those of you living in the Bay Area of San Francisco or coming for a visit, the King Tut exhibit will be there until March 28, 2010. For a cheaper price and still a great experience, they also offer "Tut at Twilight". Visit the de Young Museum site here for more info.

I've also been tagged by Michelle of Michelle is a talented artist with a very inspiring blog. She makes adorable cards and goodies. Thanks so much for thinking of me! Please check out Michelle's lovely site when you get a chance.

And lastly, I wanted to share another work in progess. If you're like me, you work on multiple projects at one time. The reasons may vary. You can be patiently waiting for a painting to dry, maybe coming back later to finish a piece when you are more inspired, working on a series, a commission piece deadline, a new group challenge, thinking up another idea you MUST do now, or just trying to keep on top of your creative to do list. Many possible reasons, but all very true for me. Here is a photo of my quiltie in progress.

Thanks for coming to visit and reading about our visit to the King Tut Exhibit! I was surely inspired with all the amazing artistry they shared. Hopefully I can create something special from the inspiration of our King Tut visit, maybe even another collaboration! Oh no, another one on the list!

Lisa :)


  1. Hi Lisa, it looks like you had a great time and i'm sure in time we will see what transpires from all the inspiration from your visit. I look forward to it. Your wip looks adorable as is all your work.

  2. Oh how wonderful.
    I was with my mum on this exhibition, when it first came to Germany. It was the very first time that Tutankamun left Ägypt.
    It is 30 years ago, but I remember it very well.
    We waited 4 hours in a queue, till we could enter the museum in Cologne.
    But I will never will forger all that beauty and miracles I have seen. I still have the exibition- book.
    Enkoy weekend

  3. That King Tut exhibit looks amazing! The art museum here in St. Louis has a whole section on ancient Egypt. There is a real mummy there and jars with the preserved organs, eeewww! My kids always loved that part~

    I just checked out the painting that you and your husband did and all I can say is WOW!

  4. I'm glad I found out how long the exhibit will be in SF, because now I can make plans for us to go before March of 2010. I too am fascinated by those days and their doings. I sometimes feel as if I lived during those days. Wow! How fun. Thanks for sharing and your new quiltie looks awesome. Have a great Saturday.

  5. wow..... that exhibition would indeed be something to see....

  6. Hi Sweetie! I loved seeing and hearing a little bit about your trip to the Tut exhibit! I'm sure you soaked every bit of that ancient artwork up and those little gears are spinning in that beautiful little head of yours, applying all that inspiration to a future amazing Lisa piece...or Mr. and Mrs. Lectura piece!!!...I'm loving your new quiltie Lisa! Your stitches are just magical!!! Hugs, Paulette ;o)



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