Temple of Khonsu at Karnak
Made during a trip down the Nile, these two precise drawings by Edwin Howland Blashfield depict architectural landmarks of Egypt. In his image of the twelfth-century Coptic monastery Deir el-Shuhada, the artist juxtaposed linear hatch marks with dark shading to capture the play of light amid the transept arches. He also included a careful study of a mural painting of Saint Stephen, as well as color and light notations. (This drawing helped archaeologists in the 1960s discover the mural, which had been covered with whitewash in the intervening years.)
In Temple of Khonsu at Karnak, Blashfield recorded the famous ancient “forest” of colossal columns, focusing primarily on their regularized geometric arrangement rather than their decorative hieroglyphics.
This text refers to these objects: ' 48.217.8; 48.217.1
- Artist: Edwin Howland Blashfield, American, 1848-1936
- Medium: Graphite on medium, cream, slilghtly textured, wove paper
- Dates: 1887
- Dimensions: Sheet (uneven): 10 5/8 x 13 3/4 in. (27 x 34.9 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower right: "BY / E. H. BLASHFIELD '87"
- Inscriptions: On verso, in graphite below drawing of woman: "Fatma / Medinet / Aboo"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 48.217.8
- Credit Line: Gift of John H. Field
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Edwin Howland Blashfield (American, 1848-1936). Temple of Khonsu at Karnak, 1887. Graphite on medium, cream, slilghtly textured, wove paper, Sheet (uneven): 10 5/8 x 13 3/4 in. (27 x 34.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of John H. Field, 48.217.8
- Catalogue Description: Small graphite drawing on verso of profile portrait bust of young Egyptian woman
- Record Completeness: Best (90%)