“Deir el-Bahari”or “Hatshepsut”, 2023

Deir el-Bahari or Hatshepsut

60×60 cm, oil on acrylic,  not framed, signed by the artist, certificate of authenticity

Stylized portrait. A reference to ancient Egypt in accessories and symbols.

Deir el-Bahari its UNESCO World Heritage Site. The focal point of the Deir el-Bahari complex is the Djeser-Djeseru meaning “the Holy of Holies”, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut.

Hatshepsut was the Great Royal Wife of Pharaoh Thutmose II and the fifth Pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty of Egypt. She was Egypt’s second confirmed queen regnant. 

Several years into her regency Hatshepsut assumed the position of pharaoh and adopted the full royal titular, making her a co-ruler alongside Thutmose III. In order to establish herself in the Egyptian patriarchy, she took on traditionally male roles and was depicted as a male pharaoh, with physically masculine traits and traditionally male garb. 

Hatshepsut’s reign was a period of great prosperity and general peace. One of the most prolific builders in Ancient Egypt, she oversaw large scale construction projects such as the Karnak Temple Complex, the Red Chapel, the Speos Artemidos and most famously, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari.

She was a strong woman with a strong-willed character. In the picture I depicted Hatshepsut against the background of her great Temple in Deir el-Bahari.

The face in the portrait conveys the strong character of this woman. I wanted to convey the connection between the past and the present, so there is a piercing on the face. This painting is dedicated to all strong women of the past and present. 

The picture is visually divided into 3 parts: the sky is represented at the top; patterns of ancient Egypt are represented in certain areas of the sky. The lower part of the sky is filled with hieroglyphs indicating the name Hatshepsut. Middle part: portrait of female pharaoh against the background of the Temple. In the lower part of the middleground there are patterns from the walls of Hatshepsut Temple. The lower part of the picture symbolizes the great Nile River which is the main source of Life and Egyptian Civilization. 

The main idea of the painting is to convey the connection between the past and contemporary art. Classical techniques and modern techniques were used to create this painting.



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