I just want to let everyone in the Santa Fe area know that Euphrosyne Doxiadis, who wrote The Mysterious Fayum Portraits will be giving a lecture on October 29, 3:15pm at St. John’s College, 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca, Junior Commons Room.
Prior to that, on October 28, she will be giving a demonstration of encaustic technique at Artisan Santa Fe, 2601 Cerrillos Road.
Doxiadis’ book on the Fayum portraits is unfortunately out of print. Unfortunate, because it is indispensible to anyone wanting a glimpse at the techniques and materials of the painters, and the social/historical context within which they flourished for an all too brief a time. The reproductions in the book are stunningly beautiful, and the text is sound scholarship. If you find a used copy in any decent condition, grab it.
Doxiadis is also a painter, working in the encaustic medium she knows so well. It’s highly unusual to see someone who has bridged the two worlds of scholarship and practice. I know, from my own correspondence with her, that she is very engaging and passionate about her twin fields.