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La notion de portrait dans les graffiti figurés de l'Égypte hellénistique et romaine, de l'image spontanée à l'image officielle

Abstract : Identifying a portrait among the figured graffiti and dipinti of the Hellenistic and Roman Egypt is a difficult task : in general those cursive works, often hasty and of poor quality, executed on media unprepared to receive them, do not permit to restore with certainty the intention of their authors. The silhouette of a face clumsily sketched on the wall of an ancient tomb in Alexandria, accompanied by a caption explicitly identifying the sketch as the image of a certain Antiphilos, suffices to show that physiognomical resemblance and portrait are distinct notions ; yet, the customization of the physical traits, even coarsely, remains in many cases the only available clue. Beyond the individual portrait, it is the social and cultural portrait that is in display through the serial analysis of some of these performances, revealing the adoption of iconographic types codified by the canons of their time.
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Agnès Tricoche. La notion de portrait dans les graffiti figurés de l'Égypte hellénistique et romaine, de l'image spontanée à l'image officielle. G. Siebert (éd.). Recherches sur le portrait dans les civilisations de l’Antiquité. Représentation individuelle et individualisation de la représentation. Ktèma. Civilisations de l'Orient, de la Grèce et de Rome antiques 34, Université de Strasbourg, p. 275-286, 2009. ⟨hal-01820526⟩

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