Coptic art

DEFINITION

Art of the early Christians of Egypt from the fourth to the eighth centuries CE, during the end of the Roman period and the beginning of the Byzantine period. Under Rome, Fayum burial portraits done in encaustic are the great achievement. Coptic style changed greatly under the influence of Byzantium, becoming flat and stylized. Coptic influences can be seen in later Ethiopian art.Examples: Coptic Egypt, Fragment: Personification of Luna, the Moon, or Head of Diana, Goddess of the Hunt, late 3rd or early 4th century CE, 22 1/32 x 24 4/5 inches (56 x 63 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. See fragment and textile.

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