Joyce tyldesley author of nefertitis face the creation of an icon she was married to akhenaten who reigned from 1352 36bc her name means a beautiful woman has come. Nefertitis face the creation of an icon is the latest book by the prolific egyptologist and author joyce tyldesley it is not a biography of nefertiti as such but a biography of the infamous bust that is universally believed to depict nefertiti. In this talk joyce tyldesley will explore the creation of a cultural icon from its ancient origins to its modern context its discovery its display and its dual role as a political pawn and artistic inspiration joyces new book nefertitis face the creation of an icon profile books will be available to buy on the night. Nefertiti has the oldest modern face in history perhaps it is because she is a great work of sculpture and not merely a mask her face seems sentient there is a slight asymmetry . Yet nefertiti remains one of the most famous and enigmatic women who ever lived her instantly recognizable face adorns a variety of modern artifacts from expensive jewelry to cheap postcards t shirts and bags all over the world she has appeared on page stage screen and opera
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