Egypt Uncovered: Belzoni and the Tomb of Pharaoh Seti I

Exhibition Overview


Portrait of Giovanni Belzoni, “the Great Belzoni”
Jan Adam Kruseman, Portrait of Giovanni Belzoni, “the Great Belzoni,” 1824

The sarcophagus of Pharaoh Seti I is the most treasured object within the Sir John Soane’s Museum’s collection, and, according to exhibition curator Joanna Tinworth, “one of the most important objects ever found in Egypt”. Two hundred years after its discovery, the Soane presents a show about its journey to the museum and about Giovanni Battista Belzoni, the 19th-century Italian explorer who discovered it. “I think that we get an insight into Belzoni’s passion, energy and talent, but also a surprising sense of his duty and dedication,” says Tinworth. Belzoni recorded the interior of the tomb through 300 watercolours, 23 of which are on display in the exhibition.

(Photo: Jan Adam Kruseman, Portrait of Giovanni Belzoni, “the Great Belzoni,” 1824, © Daniel Katz Gallery, London)

Exhibition Highlights


Joseph Michael Gandy

View of part of the collection of antiquities from the head of the Soros
"Video installation of ultra-high resolution 3D scan of the sarcophagus of Seti I in Sir John Soane’s Museum"

Giovanni Belzoni / Alessandro Ricci

Seti I wearing a wig and the sacred uraeus

Giovanni Belzoni / Alessandro Ricci

Seti I before Isis and Anubis
Exhibition Highlights

Joseph Michael Gandy

View of part of the collection of antiquities from the head of the Soros, 1825
© The Trustees of Sir John Soane’s Museum
"Video installation of ultra-high resolution 3D scan of the sarcophagus of Seti I in Sir John Soane’s Museum"
© The Trustees of Sir John Soane’s Museum

Giovanni Belzoni / Alessandro Ricci

Seti I wearing a wig and the sacred uraeus, 1817–1820
© Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins (MACM)

Giovanni Belzoni / Alessandro Ricci

Seti I before Isis and Anubis, c.1821
© Bristol Culture: Bristol Museums and Art Gallery
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