A new and important exhibition, entitled BEYOND THE NILE: EGYPT AND THE CLASSICAL WORLD, opens Mar. 27, 2018, at the J. Paul Getty Museum, continuing through Sep. 9, 2018. The exhibit displays about 200 rare objects, many on view in the U.S. for the first time, drawn from major museums from Europe and America.

BEYOND THE NILE examines the cultural and artistic connections between Greece, Rome, and Egypt. The artifacts were specifically chosen to show how these ancient cultures affected one another and influenced each other’s religion, artistic traditions, languages, and customs.

Exploring these cultures from the Bronze Age (2000 BC) to Roman times (AD 300), the art pieces exhibited expose artistic choices that were made as the result of admiration, conquest, and occupation. For example, Greek sculptors of the 7th and 6th centuries BC began to carve large stone figures after seeing the monumental works made by Egyptian artists. Around 332 BC, when Egypt came under the control of the Ptolemies (a Greek dynasty that ruled the land for nearly 300 years) the art of the time reflected it. Still later, around 30 BC, when Egypt became a Roman province, the resulting art told the story.

BEYOND THE NILE took about four years to come to fruition. It is the first in a series of future exhibitions at Getty Museum that will further explore the classical world in context. Seeing the entire series will take years, and you don’t want to miss this first part.

Plan to visit, learn about days and hours of operation, and any other pertinent information at Getty.edu