Oxyrhynchus is a city in upper Egypt that was established in 332 BC and is considered one of the most important archaeological sites ever discovered. Saville references the layer upon layer of discoveries at Oxyrhynchus in this book, the final effect being a mysterious narrative of layered bodies and images
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“The British artist Jenny Saville is best known for painting monumental close-ups of large nude women exposing things that are usually left unshown: flab, fat, bulge. Her works are sometimes likened to those of Peter Paul Rubens. Among artists of her generation, Ms. Saville is unusual in her devotion to figurative painting. For her most recent art she has abandoned flesh tones and uses a charcoal palette.” –the New York Times