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The antecedents of Western Portraiture
Wooden portraits found in Egyptian tomb prove to be oldest in world
... this new type of research may shed light on where the techniques used in the Byzantine Empire came from. He added that the Roman-Egyptian portraits had been created in Egypt from the 1st and 3rd centuries AD. For example, the Egyptian artists’ techniques were actually used by Greek artists, who ended up creating the head-on portraits. Those techniques would go on to inspire the iconic images of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, and angels in the Orthodox Christian and Catholic Churches.
Artists were making complex portraits on Wood from various materials traded all over the ancient world. These portraits in the article are the oldest of this kind yet discovered. Humans have always loved creative representations and the making of art and icons, images, statuary, and artefacts of the most exquisite workmanship go a long way to rescuing humanity from some of its more spectacular failures.