Face to Face - Mummy Portraits
Don't miss the first exhibition of ancient Egyptian mummy portraits in the Netherlands at Allard Pierson. Some 38 portraits from all over the world have been gathered for this exhibition, bringing viewers face to face with just as many individuals who had themselves immortalized - almost 2,000 years ago.
How did these portraits come about
Mummy portraits are painted portraits of deceased persons, usually on wood. During the Roman period, these portraits were made in Egypt and affixed to the facial area of the mummified persons after treating and wrapping the body.
Who were the people portrayed? How were they depicted, and why? Who were they seen by? And: how do we think about self-presentation and being remembered in an age of selfies and fluid identities?
In Face to Face, visitors not only get to know the people portrayed, but also the makers, relatives, followers, collectors, archaeologists and researchers who play a role in these portraits.
Because of their colours, penetrating gaze and their regular modern-looking realism, the mummy portraits strongly appeal to the imagination. They are artistic expressions of an ancient tradition that returns in Byzantine painting. Even today, they are seen as an example of the earliest known realistic painted portraiture.
Check the website for more information or tickets.
Please note: City Card holders pay a €5 surcharge.
Dates and times
|Thursday 5 October||10:00 - 17:00|
|Friday 6 October||10:00 - 17:00|
|Saturday 7 October||10:00 - 17:00|
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