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On That Face! The Uncanny Art Of Studio Photography's Heyday

It is incorrect to call the Fayum mummy portraits "the earliest images of recognizable individuals that we have." The earliest of the Fayum portraits date to the late 1st century B.C., but before them is a long tradition of veristic Hellenistic and Roman Republican portraiture, which stretch back to Lysippos' portrait of Alexander the Great, around 300 years earlier. And that leaves aside Egyptian portraiture, which although highly conventionalized can be said to portray "recognizable individuals".

Posted on October 14, 2012 at 6:17 pm 0