3 Works, Art and the Egyptian Women – 138-161 AD

Unknown artist
Portrait of a young woman with a gilded wreath, c. A.D. 120–140

Encaustic, wood, gold leaf
H. 36.5 x W. 17.8 cm (14 3/8 x 7 in.)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The woman’s oval face, large eyes, and slightly open lips give the portrait considerable presence. Venus rings on her neck call attention to her youthful plump beauty. The hairstyle is typical for the period of the Emperor Hadrian, except for the corkscrew locks around the forehead, which may be a regional style. More on this work

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Author: zaidangallery

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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