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Dr. Melinda Hartwig is an Egyptologist who specializes in art history and archaeology. She received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University in 2000. Currently, Melinda is an Associate Professor of Art History at Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta where she teaches a wide range of lecture courses and seminars on ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern art, archaeology and culture. She has also taught at the American University in Cairo, Egypt and the Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology, University of Memphis in Memphis, TN.

Melinda has curated and installed a number of national exhibitions on ancient Egypt, including the Gods of Ancient Memphis for the University of Memphis, and Glories of Ancient Egypt for the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. She has a number of publications to her credit, including her book Tomb Painting and Identity in Ancient Thebes, 1419-1372 BCE (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2004). In her publications, Melinda uses a broad range of interdisciplinary perspectives to look at Egyptian art – reception theory, art historical paradigms of interpretation and visual analysis, the body and beauty, the materialization and communication of ideologies, and archaeometry – with the goal of integrating other fields and expanding the discourse about Egyptian art.

Melinda has a strong record of national and international funding for her research and archaeological fieldwork. Currently, Melinda is the field director and principal investigator of a two-year field project to conserve and document the world-famous tomb of Menna (TT 69) in Luxor, Egypt ( The project is a sponsored project of Georgia State University (GSU) and the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), Egyptian Antiquities Conservation (EAC) Project with funding from USAID, working in close collaboration with the University of Liège, the University of Ghent, Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France (C2RMF) and the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt.


“Mummy Masks.” In “Vorbericht über die 1. bis 2. Grabungskampagne in der Nekropole von Sakkara: Ninetjer.” Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts Abteilung Kairo 62 (2006). In press, due 2008.

“Painting.” The Oxford Handbook of Egyptology. Edited by Ian Shaw and James P Allen. Oxford: Oxford University Press. In press, due 2008.

Tomb Painting and Identity in Ancient Thebes, 1419-1372 BCE. Monumenta Aegyptiaca X. Turnhout; Brussels: Brepols; Fondation égyptologique reine Élisabeth, 2004.

“Style and Visual Rhetoric in Theban Tomb Painting.” In Egyptology at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century: Proceedings of the Eighth International Congress of Egyptologists. Volume 2. Edited by Zahi Hawass and Lyla P. Brock, pp. 298-307. Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2003.

“The Tomb of Nakht (TT 52).” “The Tomb of Menna (TT 69).” In Valley of the Kings: The Tombs and Funerary Temples of Thebes West. Edited by Kent R. Weeks, pp. 390-407. Vercelli, Italy: White Star, 2001.

“Painting.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt. Editor-in-chief D.B. Redford, vol. 3: 1-13. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

The Gods of Ancient Memphis. Memphis: Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, 2001. Co-authored with Stephen P. Harvey.


“Between Predynastic Palettes and Dynastic Relief: The Case of Cairo JE 46148 and BMA 66.175.” Festschrift for Günter Dreyer. Edited by Ulrich Hartung and Vera Müller. In press, 2008.

“The Tomb of a HAty-a, Theban Tomb 116.” Festschrift for Jack A. Josephson. Edited by Rita Freed and Magda Saleh. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers. In press, 2008.

“A Vignette Concerning the Deification of Thutmose IV.” Studies in Honor of Richard A. Fazzini. Edited by Sue D’Auria, pp. 86-90. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2007.

“A Head of a Ramesside Queen from Abydos.” In The Archaeology and Art of Ancient Egypt: Essays in honor of David B. O’Connor. Edited by Zahi Hawass and Janet Richards, pp. 337-342. Cairo: Supreme Council of Antiquities, 2007.


Colour and Painting in Ancient Egypt. Edited by W.V. Davies. London: British Museum Press, 2001. In the Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 39 (2002): 265-268.

Wiese, André. Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig, Die Ägyptische Abteilung. Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philip von Zabern, 2001. In the Journal of Near Eastern Studies 65.3 (2006): 225-226.


Kleiner, Fred S., Christin J. Mamiya, and Richard G. Tansey. Gardner’s Art Through the Ages, 12th edition. Fort Worth: Harcourt College Publishers, 2004.


“New Directions and Applications: The Tomb of Menna (TT 69) Project.” The Tenth International Congress of Egyptologists, 22-29 May 2008, Rhodes Island, Greece

“Art Historical Method and Didactic: An Example from the Tomb of Menna (TT 69).” International Symposium on Method and Theory in Art History, Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Institute for Egyptology, Germany, July 2008

“The Tomb of Menna (TT 69): Past and Present.” Friends of Art of the Ancient World, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, April 11, 2008

“The Archaeometry of Painting.” A paper given at the annual meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, April 20-22, 2007, Toledo, OH

“The Lives of Objects: Artists and Patrons in Ancient Egypt.” Jacksonville University, in connection with Temples and Tombs: Treasures of Egyptian Art from the British Museum at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Jacksonville, FL, January 20, 2007


“Tutankhamun’s Treasures,” National Geographic Channel, Atlantic Productions, London, U.K. Director: Andy Webb, 2007

“Top 10 Discoveries of Ancient Egypt,” The Discovery Channel, Atlantic Productions, London, U.K. Director: Ben Mole, 2007


Survey of Western Art I (Prehistoric - Gothic)

Art of Ancient Egypt and Nubia

Art & Architecture of Ancient Egypt I: 4000-1600 BC

Art & Architecture of Ancient Egypt II: 1600-31 BC

Art and Architecture of the Ancient Near East

Curatorial Practicum in Ancient Art

The Art and Culture of Ancient Nubia

Iconography and Symbolism in Ancient Egyptian Funerary Art

Ancient Egyptian Portraiture

Ancient Egyptian and Classical Aesthetics

Study Abroad (Egypt): Egypt in the Age of the Pharaohs

Middle Egyptian Grammar

Graduate Seminar: Historiography and Methodology of Art


Wall painting from Tomb of Nefertari