Belgian expansionism and the making of Egyptology, 1830-1952

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During his research on the life and works of Belgian Egyptologist Jean Capart, P&P-member Jean-Michel Bruffaerts and the archivists of the CINEMATEK film archive brought some footage of the Belgian royal visit of Egypt in 1923 back into attention. One can see then crown prince Leopold, later King of ...

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26 May 2020
Today marks the second day of the 'responsible deconfinement' in Belgium, something Belgian physician in Alexandria, Pierre Dutrieux (1848-1889) would probably have agreed with. With this blog Gert Huskens and dr. Jan Vandersmissen want to introduce this remarkable and somewhat forgotten historical ...

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5 May 2020
Gert Huskens, one of Pyramids & Progress's PhD students, has published a review in the latest issue of Contemporanea about his research on Belgian diplomatic presence in Egypt. To read the full article click on this link: https://www.contemporanea.be/nl/article/20201-review-gert-huskens Photo: © ...

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28 Mar 2020
Our colleague Jean-Michel Bruffaerts has recently published an new article about Jean Capart called 'The origins of museum storytelling: Jean Capart and the dissemination of ancient Egypt' in the Il Capitale Culturale: Studies on the Value of Cultural Heritage. You can download the article (in ...

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3 Mar 2020
Gustave Hagemans’s passion for art and antiques is still visible in the showcases of the Art and History Museum of the Cinquantenaire. When he sold his entire collection to the Belgian State in 1861, there were around 1.500 pieces, spanning from classical Antiquity to the Renaissance, which were ...

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4 Feb 2020
A fantastic discovery has recently been made by the Egyptian-German archaeological mission led by Hourig Sourouzian at Kom Al-Hettan. A granodiorite colossus of Horus, of approximately 1,85 m high, has been unearthed in the hypostyle hall of Amenhotep III’s Temple of Millions of Years, on the west ...

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2 Jan 2020
Leopold II, the second king of the Belgian (1835-1909, r. 1865-1909), travelled twice in Egypt while he was still Prince and Duke of Brabant: once between January 1854 and March 1855, then between December 1862 and February 1863. From these trips and through the contacts he made there, he ...

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16 Dec 2019
A glimpse behind the façade of the obscure belle époque Hasse-Gitten estate Sunday morning, you’re awake way too early and you end up watching an American ‘hoarders’-reality show. Before you even realise it, you’re gazing at someone who has crammed all the corners of a house with piles of clutter ...

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27 Oct 2019
According to the weather forecasts, we will reach temperatures around 38°C this week. One can say it is almost starting to feel like you are in Egypt!

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24 Jul 2019
Long before Belgian imperialism reached central Africa, the Belgian Royal Palace was already interested in the continent during the reign of Leopold I.

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18 Jun 2019