THE ARTIST PROJECT: Y.Z. Kami on Egyptian Mummy Portraits
“Always in front of a human face you have an emotional reaction.” As a young artist, Y. Z. Kami was struck by the soulful gaze of the Egyptian mummy portraits in the Metropolitan Museum. Now, the Iranian painter reflects on the emotional power of these faces hundreds of years after their creation. This video was produced by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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