The Chapelle Rouge, the shrine of the famous queen Hatshepsut to the god Amun, has been completely reconstructed in the Open Air Museum at the Amun temple at Karnak. The lecture will investigate the architectural and political importance of this unique chapel, introduce the inscriptions and reliefs, and decode Hatshepsut’s secret message to the god Amun and the divine world.
Dr. Matthias Seidel is an Egyptologist and expert in Ancient Art. He studied in Berlin and Munich, and received his PhD from Munich University in Germany. He worked as research associate at the Egyptian museums in Hildesheim and Munich, as visting curator at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem, and as an Ancient Art Consultant at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. He taught as Visiting Professor at the Universities of Munich, Goettingen, Wuerzburg, Mainz, and Marburg, and is at present Adjunct Professor at the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In addition, he was involved in the production of nearly twenty exhibitions in Germany and the U.S.
Dr. Seidel has authored and edited many books, articles, and museum catalogues. His most recent book, done in co-operation with Regine Schulz, is the catalogue of the Egyptian Collection of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. His most recent studies focused on the Monument of Abgig of King Sesostris I (publication is in print) and on the Chapelle Rouge of Queen Hatshepsut.