Mummy Portraits of Roman Egypt: Emerging Research from the APPEAR Project (Paperback)

Mummy Portraits of Roman Egypt: Emerging Research from the APPEAR Project By Marie Svoboda (Editor), Caroline Cartwright (Editor) Cover Image

Mummy Portraits of Roman Egypt: Emerging Research from the APPEAR Project (Paperback)

By Marie Svoboda (Editor), Caroline Cartwright (Editor)

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This publication presents fascinating new findings on ancient Romano-Egyptian funerary portraits preserved in international collections.

Once interred with mummified remains, nearly a thousand funerary portraits from Roman Egypt survive today in museums around the world, bringing viewers face-to-face with people who lived two thousand years ago. Until recently, few of these paintings had undergone in-depth study to determine by whom they were made and how.
 
An international collaboration known as APPEAR (Ancient Panel Paintings: Examination, Analysis, and Research) was launched in 2013 to promote the study of these objects and to gather scientific and historical findings into a shared database. The first phase of the project was marked with a two-day conference at the Getty Villa. Conservators, scientists, and curators presented new research on topics such as provenance and collecting, comparisons of works across institutions, and scientific studies of pigments, binders, and supports. The papers and posters from the conference are collected in this publication, which offers the most up-to-date information available about these fascinating remnants of the ancient world.

The free online edition of this open-access publication is available at www.getty.edu/publications/mummyportraits/ and includes zoomable illustrations and graphs. Also available are free PDF, EPUB, and Kindle/MOBI downloads of the book.
Marie Svoboda is conservator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum. She is coauthor of Herakleides: A Portrait Mummy from Roman Egypt (Getty Publications, 2011).
 
Caroline Cartwright is senior scientist in the Department of Scientific Research at the British Museum. She has authored over 245 scientific publications.
Product Details ISBN: 9781606066546
ISBN-10: 1606066544
Publisher: J. Paul Getty Museum
Publication Date: August 25th, 2020
Pages: 196
Language: English
Mummy Portraits of Roman Egypt is an approachable text that explores Romano-Egyptian subject matter. Drawing from an international pool of resources has helped to construct a collaborative cross-cultural dialogue. . . . I believe this publication articulates a great starting point for further study of Romano-Egyptian mummy portraits and successfully encourages the exchange of datasets to achieve optimum, reliable and consistent results. . . . This is what makes the publication stand out; it is perceptive because it is multidisciplinary.”
— Alexandra Taylor