Ancient Faces: Mummy Portraits in Roman Egypt

Ancient Faces: Mummy Portraits in Roman Egypt

by Susan Walker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415927447

ISBN-13: 9780415927444

Pub. Date: 02/28/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

From the first major discoveries a century ago, the painted portraits of Roman Egypt were a revelation to scholars and the public alike, and the recent finding of a new cache of these gilded images, which made national headlines, have only heightened their mystery and appeal. Published to coincide with a new major exhibition of these portraits, Ancient Faces

Overview

From the first major discoveries a century ago, the painted portraits of Roman Egypt were a revelation to scholars and the public alike, and the recent finding of a new cache of these gilded images, which made national headlines, have only heightened their mystery and appeal. Published to coincide with a new major exhibition of these portraits, Ancient Faces is the most comprehensive, up-to-date survey of these astonishing works of art.

Dating from the later period of Roman rule in Egypt, shortly before the birth of Christ, the painted mummy portraits are among the most remarkable products of the ancient world, a fusion of the traditions of pharonic Egypt and the Classical world. They are historical and cultural objects of outstanding importance and beauty, superb works of art that represent some of the earliest known examples of life-like portraiture. Though the subjects of the portraits believed in the traditional Egyptian cults, which offered them a firm prospect of life after death, they also wished to be commemorated in the Roman manner, with their fashion of dress and adornment signaling their status in life. Despite their ancient history, these portraits speak to the modern eye with a beauty and intensity that would be lost to portraiture until the Renaissance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415927444
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Series:
Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

A brief history of mummification in Egypt
mummy portraits and Roman portraiture
the Fayum and its people
technique
the discovery of mummy portraits
conservation
catalogue.

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