Isidora Master

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  • Romano-Egyptian

The Isidora Master is the name given to the artist who painted a distinctive mummy portrait of a woman in the Getty Museum's collection. He takes his name from the word Isidora written on the side of the cartonnage, which presumably refers to the name of the woman depicted in the portrait. The Isidora Painter worked in Roman Egypt early in the 100s A.D. His painting style is identified by his adept handling of the tiny spatula used to apply the encaustic, or wax paint, and his subtle use of color and highlights.