Fayyum: Roman Portraits from Egypt: The eye and eternity
© 1996 Fondation Jacques-Edouard Berger-Photos:
"Located some one hundred kilometers south of Cairo,
Fayyum is a green and fertile region in a vast circular
depression. Its diameter from east to west is approximately 60
kilometers, northwest of the lake of Birket Qarun.
The ancient Egyptians called this region Mer-our (The Great
Fayyum played a significant role during the 12th Dynasty,
and later under the Ptolemies.
The Fayyum portraits conflict in an intriguing manner,
scattered as they are around the world in museums and
collections and, which, here, bring together the image to be
viewed as a whole. An ideal museum, which may be visited city
by city, to which we soon become attached, to the extent that,
during the visit, already familiar traits await us, as one of
this art's truly ambiguous features is its ability to multiply
effigies which, at first sight, quickly, even too quickly,
elicit a feeling of déjà-vu."
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modèle pour la forme et le contenu. A visiter absolument