Part of the Petra exhibition.

Photo Credits

Unless otherwise stated, all images on the Petra Web site have the following credit: Cincinnati Art Museum; Photographer: Peter John Gates FBIPP, ARPS, Ashwell, UK. These images are supplied free solely for one-time use by print, broadcast, and online media for publicity purposes related to the Petra: Lost City of Stone exhibition. No other use of these images is permitted without express written permission of the Museum and the owner.

Exhibition Organization

The Petra exhibition is co-curated by Glenn Markoe, Curator of Classical and Near Eastern Art and Art of Africa and the Americas, Cincinnati Art Museum; and Craig Morris, Senior Vice President, Dean of Science, and Curator, Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History. The exhibition is designed and produced by the American Museum of Natural History's Department of Exhibition, under the direction of David Harvey, Vice President for Exhibition. The exhibition was conceived by the Cincinnati Art Museum and developed with the American Museum of Natural History.

Exhibition Resources and Companion Materials

The companion book to Petra is Petra Rediscovered, Lost City of the Nabataeans, copublished by the Cincinnati Art Museum and Harry N. Abrams, Inc., with essays written by 25 international experts in Nabataean art and history. The beautifully illustrated volume will discuss Nabataean religion, language, art, and trade, as well as Petra's architecture and its rediscovery by Europeans in 1812.

American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to explore and interpret human cultures and the natural world through a wide-reaching program of scientific research, education, and exhibitions. The Museum accomplishes this ambitious goal through its extensive facilities and resources. The institution houses 45 permanent exhibition halls, state-of-the-art research laboratories, one of the largest natural history libraries in the Western Hemisphere, and a permanent collection of more than 30 million specimens and cultural artifacts. The Museum shares its treasures and discoveries with approximately five million on-site visitors from around the globe each year. In addition, the Museum's Web site,, extends its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs to millions more beyond the Museum's walls.

Cincinnati Art Museum

One of the oldest visual arts institutions in the United States, the Cincinnati Art Museum has a rich, encyclopedic collection of over 100,000 objects, spanning 6,000 years of art. The permanent collection on display includes Ancient Art of Egypt, Greece and Rome; Near and Far Eastern Art; paintings by European Old Masters; 19th-century works by Cezanne, van Gogh, Cassatt, and Monet; 20th-century works by Picasso and Chagall; American works by Cole, Wyeth, and Rothko. Highlights of the Cincinnati Art Museum are The Herbert Greer Rench collection of Old Master prints; European and American portrait miniatures, and The Cincinnati Wing, the first permanent exhibition telling the story of a community's history through its art, featuring prominent American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts. In addition to the works on display in 88 galleries, additional works are available for viewing online at The Cincinnati Art Museum offers public tours and educational activities for all ages. General admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum is free every day.