General introduction

The aim of the Museo Egizio Photographic Archive is to make the invaluable photographic material stored at Museo Egizio available to everyone, creating a bridge between the past and the future.

Introduction by the Director, Christian Greco

The considerable amount of material preserved in the Museo Egizio Photographic Archive has been recently digitised, reorganised and studied in order to make it available to the general public, including non-specialists.

This material has been joined by an important corpus of images now held in three different institutions: the State Archive of Turin, the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography of the University of Turin's University Museum System and the Centro di Egittologia Francesco Ballerini in Como.

The site allows to access of about 3000 historical photographs (most of which can be downloaded) of archaeological and Egyptological content. The photographs are accompanied by short descriptions, which are particularly useful for non-specialists in order to make the images more understandable. The material is organised geographically, with minimal but fundamental indications for the identification of the site or sector concerned.

The study of the material preserved in the Museo Egizio Photographic Archive is ongoing. Therefore, only part of the Archive is available online, accessible to everyone without registration, and is constantly subject to updates.

We hope that this work will serve as an archival source for specialists who will be able to access the digitised photographic material more easily, but even more so for the general public, who will have the opportunity to gain an insight into a distant world, now alive only through the objects on display in the Museum's showcases.

If you have any comments, remarks or suggestions regarding the site and its content, in order to improve user’s experience of the website, please do not hesitate to contact us.