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Painting with Beeswax: Funerary Portraits from Roman Egypt
Portrait of a woman, Egypt, c. 130–150 CE. Binder: beeswax; pigments: lead white, red and yellow ochres, carbon black, indigo, madder lake, green earth (celadonite), natrojarosite; support: native Egyptian sycamore fig (Ficus sycomorus). Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Dr. Denman W. Ross, 1923.60.
Join encaustic artist Francisco Benitez and paintings conservator Kate Smith as they discuss the ancient process of painting with beeswax.
Ancient artists from Roman-period Egypt created portraits on wooden panels to be placed on mummified bodies. The main technique used for these portraits was encaustic (wax) painting. These paintings can now be seen in museum collections around the world. In this presentation and conversation, contemporary encaustic artist Francisco Benitez and conservator of paintings Kate Smith will employ their expertise to bring new understanding to these ancient objects and allow us to appreciate the skillsView more
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Doors will open at 5:30pm. Following the lecture, guests are invited to visit the exhibition on Level 3.
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