The Mysterious Fayum Portraits

The Mysterious Fayum Portraits

Faces from Ancient Egypt

  1. Euphrosyne Doxiadis
  2. Foreword by Dorothy J. Thompson
  • ISBN 9780500282175
  • 32.00 x 24.00 cm
  • Paperback with flaps
  • 248pp
  • 274 Illustrations, 124 in colour
  • First published 2000
‘The many astonishingly beautiful faces that greet the reader from the pages of this book are supported by a scholarly text, archaeological, art historical, technical and deeply sensitive’ – Brian Sewell, Evening Standard


'The best text currently available on late classical portraiture and the origin of the icon' - William Dalrymple, The Spectator

Now available in paperback, this magnificent book has won widespread praise from art historians, archaeologists and journalists alike.

Beautiful full-page colour photographs allow us to come face to face with the inhabitants of Roman Egypt 2000 years ago, their memory preserved in paintings used to commemorate the dead.

Illustrating the best and most interesting portraits, Euphrosyne Doxiadis has grouped them according to geographical area. The text describes their social, artistic and geographical context, reveals the techniques used and shows how the Fayum portraits relate to Byzantine icon painting, in a tradition that extends from ancient Greece to the Renaissance and on to the present day.