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Art Materials Demonstration, 10/28 & Lecture, “The Mysterious Fayum Portraits,” 10/29
WHO: Euphrosyne Doxiadis, artist and art historian
WHAT: Art Materials Demonstration
WHERE: Artisan Santa Fe, 2601 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM
WHEN: Tuesday, October 28, 11 a.m.
WHAT: Lecture: “The Mysterious Fayum Portraits”
WHERE: Junior Common Room, St. John’s College, 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca, Santa Fe, NM
WHEN: Wednesday, October 29, 3:15 p.m.
DETAILS: These events are free of charge and open to the public.
Euphrosyne Doxiadis, author of The Mysterious Fayum Portraits, will give a slide lecture at St. John’s College on Wednesday, October 29, about her latest research on ancient Egyptian funerary portraits. She will also give a lecture-demonstration at Artisan Santa Fe on Tuesday, October 28, in collaboration with Francisco Benitez.
Ms. Doxiadis is a practicing artist as well as an art historian. Her research has revealed an incredible painting tradition that existed in Ancient Greece (and the larger ancient world), of which there are extant traces today, and whose legacy is found in these portraits of Egypt.
Book synopsis from Amazon.com:
The Fayum, a flourishing metropolitan community in ancient Egypt, consisted of Greeks, Egyptians, Syrians, Libyans, and others. Like many of their contemporaries throughout the Nile Valley, these people embalmed their dead and then painted commemorative portraits of them, usually on wood or linen, to be placed over the mummies. Looking into the well-preserved, startlingly lifelike faces collected in this beautiful volume, one can trace the earliest roots of portraiture as it began in these Greco-Roman Fayum, or mummy, portraits, and continued through the Renaissance to the present. Despite their ancient history, the stylized portraits appear strikingly modern and painterly, with echoes of Modigliani and Matisse. Having experimented with them herself, Euphrosyne Doxiadis describes in detail the painting techniques and materials. Also included are fascinating notes on the clothing, jewelry, and hairstyles of the period.