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Conservation of the wall paintings of the tomb of Nefertari

"...The basic premise of our conservation philosophy at the GCI is that cultural property warrants preservation not only because of its intrinsic value as art – a source of aesthetic expression and experience – but also because of its extrinsic value as a document encoding data about human history and civilization. Cultural property is a record of our human condition on both a spiritual and a material plane. To decipher it is to know our past. To preserve it is to pass that knowledge on to future generations..."

Miguel Angel Corzo Director The Getty Conservation Institute; In the Tomb of Nefertari: Conservation of the Wall Paintings; Robert Steven Bianchi and John K. McDonald Santa Monica, Calif., 1992. A catalogue published on the occasion of an exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, November 12, 1992-February 21, 1993

Project members 1986-1992

Executive Body

Mohamed Ibrahim Bakr
Egyptian Antiquities Organization

Miguel Angel Corzo
The Getty Conservation Institute

The Late Ahmed Kadry
Former Chairman
Egyptian Antiquities Organization

Luis Monreal
Former Director
The Getty Conservation Institute

Gamal Moukhtar
Former Chairman
Egyptian Antiquities Organization

The Late Sayed Tawfik
Former Chairman
Egyptian Antiquities Organization


Conservation team

Paolo Mora and

Laura Sbordoni Mora

Abd el-Rady Abd el-Moniem

Abd el-Nasser Ahmed

Giorgio Capriotti

Luigi de Cesaris

Lorenza D'Alessandro

Adamo Franco

Giuseppe Giordano

Ahmed-Ali Hussein

Lutfi Khaled

Adriano Luzi

Gamal Mahgoub

Hussein Mohamed-Ali

Paolo Pastorello

Stephen Rickerby

Sayed A_ el-Shahat

Christina Vazio


Scientific team

Farrag Abd el·Mouttaleb

Nabil Abd el·Samia

Neville Agnew

Mokhtar S. Ammar

Hideo Arai

Omar el-Arini

Motawe Balbouch

Kamal Barakat

Farouk el-Baz

Asmaa A. el-Deeb

Eric Doehne

Michelle Derrick

Feisal A.H. Esmael

Gaballa A. Gaballa

Essam H. Ghanem

H. A. Hamroush

B. Issawi

Po-Ming Lin

Shin Maekawa

Modesto Montoto

Shawki Nakhla

Antoni Palet

Eduardo Porta

Frank Preusser

Saleh A. Saleh

Michael Schilling

Wafa Seddia



Guillermo Aldana


Research: Art And History

Mahasti Afshar


Administration And Management

Ahmed Abd El-Rady

Salah Bayoumy Basyoz

Sayed Hegazy

Mary Helmy

Romany Helmy

Talat Mohrem

Mohamed Nasr

Eduardo Porta

Mahmoud Sadeq

Laura Sanders

Inee Yang Slaughter

Mohamed El-Sougayar


Farouk Fawey El-Daewy

Art and Eternity:The Nefertari Wall Paintings Conservation Project, 1986-1992

Miguel Angel Corzo and Mahasti Afshar, Editors, 1993