"Color the Temple"—Experimental Lighting Display at The Met's Temple of Dendur—Extended through April 24

An experimental lighting display, Color the Temple: Scene 1, at The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing at The Met.

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.
The project combines the scholarly knowledge of specialists in the Department of Egyptian Art and the technological expertise of staff in the MediaLab at The Met. Colors that likely decorated the ancient Egyptian temple when it was built 2,000 years ago, but have since eroded away, are projected onto a ritual scene carved into its sandstone walls, 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 around 15 B.C., the Temple's external walls have retained no original color. 
Interviews and photo opportunities are available on request.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street.
The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing, first floor


March 25–27, and April 1–3, 8–10, 15–17, and 22–24 (Display on view continuously each weekend, from 5 p.m. Friday through 5:30 p.m. Sunday)




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