One of the most interesting aspects of preparing the Late Antique Egyptian sculpture exhibition has been sorting out the modern forgeries from the ancient works and—what was really tricky—recognizing which of the antiquities had been made more “attractive” to modern eyes by repainting and even, sometimes, recarving. You can get an idea of some of these problems if you go to the quiz we have prepared, where you can decide whether reliefs in the exhibition look ancient to you, or modern, or both!
Edna Russmann joined the Brooklyn Museum in 1989, as a research associate, a position she held until 1998, when she was named Associate Curator and in 2000, Curator. Prior to joining the Brooklyn Museum she was Visiting Curator at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Associate Curator in the Department of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and was a William Stevenson Smith Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Dr. Russmann is the curator of Unearthing the Truth: Egypt’s Pagan and Coptic Sculpture, on view February 13 through May 19, 2009. She was Guest Curator of Temples and Tombs: Treasures of Egyptian Art from the British Museum and Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Art from the British Museum, both organized and circulated by the American Federation of Arts. She has served as a consultant for a number of exhibitions and reinstallations at several major museums throughout the United States. The recipient of a B.A. in History from New York University, Dr. Russmann was awarded an M.A. and Ph.D. in Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Art from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.