Course at a Glance

Ramses the Great, Gold of the Pharaohs, and Nefertari
September 27
On campus: Harry Griffith Hall, Room 204

Ramses the Great, Gold of the Pharaohs, and Nefertari


With Ron Johnson, Art Historian

This course is an introduction to the San Francisco De Young Museum exhibition “Rameses the Great & the Gold of the Pharaohs,” which runs through Feb. 12. It will also include the great tomb murals of his favorite wife, Nefertari, and the Tanis silver and gold works from these unrobbed tombs.This exhibition is said to equal -- and even exceed -- that of the unrobbed tomb of King Tut.

We will also explore the battle of Kadesh, said to be the greatest in Egyptian history and the largest until modern times.

Nefertari's tomb is said to be the greatest in all Egypt and is well preserved, and the colossal statues of Ramses II are amazing.

The exhibition is all original art works from Egyptian museums. If you plan to see the exhibition, the instructor recommends obtaining tickets early. He spent a month in Egypt touring the major sites and museums and most of the images we will see are ones he took on this trip.

For classes being offered on campus M-F, and if you are an OLLI member, a parking permit is included in your class fee. Please allow yourself enough time to get your parking permit and to get to the classroom to arrive on time. See campus map. Visitors and guests to campus/OLLI classes must be either fully vaccinated or have tested negative within 72 hours of coming to campus. We encourage all participants to take a rapid test before attending any OLLI class or event.

Tues., Sept. 27 • 1-3 p.m.

In-person: On campus, Harry Griffith Hall, Room 204

$25 • Class #: 43922

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Ron Johnson

Ron Johnson

Ron Johnson is an art historian and has taught at Humboldt State University, UC San Diego, University of Iowa, and more. He lived in Britain for various short periods and wrote the basic article on Rossetti's Beata Beatrix, his most famous painting. Ron has photographed works by Pre-Raphaelites in many countries. Ron still loves teaching and greatly looks forward to teaching an OLLI course on the Pre-Raphaelites and Old Masters.