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Mummy portrait of a Woman, Egypt, Fag el Gamus(?), AD 150-180 (Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Museum of Art) , Encaustic on wood.

Mummy portrait of a Woman, Egypt, Fag el Gamus(?), AD 150-180 (Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Museum of Art) , Encaustic on wood.

Mummy paintings were rendered from life using colored beeswax on wood panels bounded by linen strips on the outside of the mummy. Pigments mixed with hot wax were used by the Greeks to paint their warships. The Romans used this technique to make portraits on mummy cases in the Fayum region. It is nor clear whether it is the Egyptian influence or the Roman influence that makes the works so exquisite.

Mummy paintings were rendered from life using colored beeswax on wood panels bounded by linen strips on the outside of the mummy. Pigments mixed with hot wax were used by the Greeks to paint their warships. The Romans used this technique to make portraits on mummy cases in the Fayum region. It is nor clear whether it is the Egyptian influence or the Roman influence that makes the works so exquisite.

Hypatia of Alexandria. (ca. AD 350–370–March 415.) An amazing lady, read about her! She was thousands of years ahead of the curve!

Hypatia of Alexandria. (ca. AD 350–370–March 415.) An amazing lady, read about her! She was thousands of years ahead of the curve!

Encaustic painting has  a long history and, after years of falling out of favor, is being revived as a favorite painting method for contemporary painters.

Encaustic painting has a long history and, after years of falling out of favor, is being revived as a favorite painting method for contemporary painters.

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