Marie Svoboda to Deliver 2017 Shouky Shaheen Lecture

Ultraviolet-induced visible luminescence image of Mummy Portrait of a Woman, c. 160-170 CE, Romano-Egyptian. Encaustic on limewood panel with gilding. British Museum

Marie Svoboda, a conservator in the Department of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum, will deliver the 2017 Shouky Shaheen lecture on the APPEAR project on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 5:30 pm in room S150 titled, The APPEAR Collaboration: A Comparative Study of Ancient Romano-Egyptian Mummy Portraits.

Certainly the most vivid painted portraits to survive from antiquity are the more than 1000 painted portraits of men, women, and children that survive from mummy cases from Roman Egypt, commonly known as Fayum portraits. Dating from the first to third century AD and painted in nuanced combinations of wax encaustic and tempera, these portraits reflect the hybrid Egyptian, Greek and Roman culture of Roman Egypt. How and why were these images made? What can new imaging and scientific analysis reveal about the artistic choices and practices of their creation? Marie Svoboda, director of the international Getty-led APPEAR (Ancient Panel Painting: Examination, Analysis, and Research) Project, presents most recent discoveries.

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