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Fayum mummy portraits

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How it's done: Fayum Portrait Montage

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Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt | Opening Jan 13 | The Block Museum

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Power in a Mummy Portrait

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Ancient Fayum Mummy Portraits from the 1st Century B.C.

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Shocking mummy details from the Fayum portraits

Mummy portraits or Fayum mummy portraits is the modern term given to a type of naturalistic painted portrait on wooden boards attached to Egyptian mummies from Roman Egypt. They belong to the tradition of panel painting, one of the most highly regarded forms of art in the Classical world. In fact, the Fayum portraits are the only large body of art from that tradition to have survived.
  • History of research 

  • Materials and techniques 

  • Subjects and social context of the paintings 

  • Culture-historical context 

  • Coexistence with other burial habits 

  • End of the mummy portrait tradition 

  • Mummy portraits as sources on provincial Roman fashion 

  • Art-historical significance 

  • Bibliography