Fayum mummy portraits: the earliest painted portraits

7 thoughts on “Fayum mummy portraits: the earliest painted portraits”

  1. Beautiful!
    I think they touch us because they stare right at you. They are saying, “Remember me. I lived once, laughed once, just like you.”

    We recognise that truth and it touches us.

    1. This truth does indeed touch us! It reminds us of our humanity and our vulnerability, and of the beauty and fragility of life. The Fayum portraits are wondrous!

  2. These are some of the most remarkable images I have ever seen. They belong in history classes. We must not treat those who came before as stick figures. The present will resonate with richer life if we bring the vibrancy of the past into our classrooms.

  3. I agree with all of you! In a painting class ,our teacher gave us photocopis of those portraits, we all enjoy very much to paint them, I did 3 of them !

  4. Hello there! This post couldn’t be written much better! Going through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept talking about this. I am going to forward this article to him. Fairly certain he will have a great read. Thanks for sharing!

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