Thomas Jefferson and Egypt

October 01, 2012

Dr. Elizabeth O'LearyDr. Elizabeth O'Leary, associate curator of American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, will speak at Hampden-Sydney College on Tuesday, October 9.  Her topic is, "Thomas Jefferson and Egypt." 

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the sage of Monticello paused many times in his long life to contemplate Egypt-as he put it, a culture "so celebrated in antiquity and so worthy of our attention."  O'Leary's lecture explores Jefferson's fascination with Egyptian history, art, and architecture as revealed in his writings, furnishings, and the design for his own grave.

Dr. O'Leary earned her B.A. in art history at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and her M.A. and Ph.D. in art history at the University of Virginia.

Sponsored by the Fine Arts Department and Atkinson Museum, O'Leary's talk will begin at 4:30 PM in Atkinson Museum on the Hampden-Sydney campus.  The program is free and open to the community.