The exhibit, with the patronage of the Councillor for Culture of the Municipality of Milan, will have its opening ceremony on 20 December at Palazzo Reale and will be open to the public from 21 December 2006 to 09 April 2007.
Female Beauty in Ancient Egypt will be the main theme of the exhibit, which will highlight also the sweetness, sensuality, seduction, wisdom, magnificence, grace, strength, allure, balance, elegance, mystery, power, regality and many other qualities of the Egyptian woman. An ideal that goes well beyond the limits of physical beauty. The Egyptian woman imposed its strong personality of queen, priestess, wife, lover, ruler of the house, and even of goddess. The exhibition highlights the most intimate and personal aspects of the female figure, which, with a harmonious fusion of body and mind, occupied leading roles in the society of its time, reaching goals that were unthinkable for a woman. Rare and precious objects created for the Egyptian woman and originating from prestigious Museums illustrate the itinerary of the exhibition. Their splendour fuses with the every day life of the Nile Valley, with the perfumes, oils, essences, creams and ointments that made the Egyptian woman "beautiful" in the eyes of history. Reproduced according to formulas of the time and enjoyable as the path of the exhibition unfolds, they surround even the most refractory of visitors in an atmosphere of mystery and curiosity.
The first section is devoted to the natural environment of Ancient Egypt, but also to the deities protecting the Egyptian woman and its beauty.
The second section, with a rich exhibition of Archaeological finds, is reserved to perfumes and essences, of which the process of extraction, modes of use and allure are reproduced live.
The third section refers to creams, to the practice of depilation and tattoo, in the context of the normal natural products used by Egyptians in skin care.
A fourth section follows, devoted to make-up, in particular that of the eyes. In addition to the vast selection of Egyptian objects, it shows the use of lipstick, face powder, foundation and mirrors, which the visitors can try out, reliving the sensation felt by the women of the Pharaohs.
The sixth section, stirring the emotions through the visage of Egyptian women, exalts and idealises the main theme of the exhibition, beauty based on art and knowledge, a beauty that, going beyond the boundaries of time, becomes love song and poem.
In the seventh section the visitor has direct contact with the raw materials used by Ancient Egyptians in the preparation of cosmetics, a vortex of perfumes and colours that captivate and enchant. From the eighth section comes the message of alchemy and magic. Knowledge as science of the secrets of nature, of its mathematical and chemical laws, which found in the mythical Thot- Hermes Trismegistus the quintessential Master. In the ninth section, dedicated to the funerary masks and to sarcophagi, beauty is idealised through art. The cure of the body finds in the embalming process the highest moment to realise its eternity, together with the beauty-purity of the soul.
An exhibition, therefore, of great fascination, richly illustrated and explained, to delve into the intimate world of the Egyptian woman and search for the secrets that were at the foundation of its extraordinary beauty.