The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten  -  Institut nĂ©erlandais du Proche-Orient

Dimitri Laboury is Research Director of the F.R.S.-FNRS, the National Foundation for Scientific Research of Belgium, at the University of Liège, where he teaches Ancient Egyptian Art History, Archaeology, History and History of Religion, as Associate Professor.

He took part in several archaeological expeditions in Egypt, notably in the Theban area and in Amarna, and co-directs the Belgian Archaeological Expedition in the Theban Necropolis.  He also initiated different archaeometrical research projects on Ancient Egyptian monuments.

Trained as an Egyptologist and an art historian, he specializes in the study of Ancient Egyptian thought and cultural history through the art of that civilization. His interests range from the study of royal statuary (and the issue of portraiture in this context) to the analysis of painterly practices in the decoration of Theban Tombs, or from the history of western reception of Ancient Egyptian art to a theoretical approach to the functioning and meaning of Ancient Egyptian art.

Thanks to a Research Incentive Grant of the FNRS, he has been leading those last years an important project untitled “Painters and Painting in the Theban Necropolis during the 18th Dynasty”, studying Ancient Egyptian artists, their practices and social statuses in Pharaonic Egypt.

He is currently completing the edition of an Oxford Handbook of Egyptian Epigraphy and Paleography at Oxford University Press, with Dr Vanessa Davies. His previous book was devoted to a new biography of king Akhenaton (Paris, 2010), already available in Spanish and to be translated soon in English.