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Monday, June 14 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Walk like an Egyptian: baby Moses and the art of 'passing' as non-Jewish

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The Book of Exodus offers a potted account of the early life of Moses. We know that he was born to Israelite parents but was raised as a prince in Pharaoh’s royal palace. The nature of his upbring as the adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter is largely unmentioned in the original biblical text. In response to gaps in Moses’ biography, artists and biblical commentators alike have imagined the infancy and adolescence of the future leader of the Jewish people. In this session we will look at a series of nineteenth-century paintings of baby Moses in order to consider what Moses may have looked like, and the degree to which he was able to ‘pass’ as Egyptian. We will also touch on contemporaneous debates in anthropology about the racial characteristics of ancient Egyptians and ancient Israelites.

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Keren Hammerschlag

Keren Hammerschlag is a Lecturer in Art History and Curatorship at the Australian National University. Her specialties are nineteenth-century British painting and Victorian anatomical illustration. She is the author of Frederic Leighton: Death, Mortality, Resurrection (Ashgate, 2015... Read More →

Monday June 14, 2021 2:45pm - 3:45pm AEST
Room 7
  Arts culture and literature