MFA Collection Books

Faces of Ancient Egypt
Portraits from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Lawrence M. Berman
Format Regular Price Member Price
Hardcover $24.95

ISBN: 978-0-87846-889-8; 128 pages; 7 x 10 in.; 75 color illustrations

Over the course of some three thousand years, Ancient Egypt fostered a vibrant and dynamic portrait tradition that encompassed innovations, revivals, and renaissances. From imposing colossal statues of kings, to glamorous sculptures of queens and divinities, to strikingly realistic heads of priests and officials, supremely accomplished artists brought their subjects to life—literally, as statues were places where the spirits of the dead could reside. 

Faces of Ancient Egypt draws on masterworks in the peerless collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to tell the story of how the creators of these portraits strove to balance realism and symbolism, humanity and divinity, tradition and the particular desires of their subjects. Their enduring legacy brings us face-to-face with a gallery of ancient Egyptians and confirms the surpassing achievements of those who portrayed them. 

About the Author


Lawrence M. Berman is Norma Jean Calderwood Senior Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston