Monastic Visions: Wall Paintings in the Monastery of St. Antony at the Red Sea

Monastic Visions: Wall Paintings in the Monastery of St. Antony at the Red Sea

by Elizabeth S. Bolman
     
 

An ancient church in the Coptic Monastery of St Antony at the Red Sea contains a unique cycle of 13th-century wall paintings. They constitute by far the most complete and best-preserved iconographic programme of Christian paintings to come from medieval Egypt.See more details below

Overview

An ancient church in the Coptic Monastery of St Antony at the Red Sea contains a unique cycle of 13th-century wall paintings. They constitute by far the most complete and best-preserved iconographic programme of Christian paintings to come from medieval Egypt.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300092240
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/08/2002
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 12.20(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Pt. ISt. Antony the Great
1St. Antony the Great and the Monastery of St. Antony at the Red Sea, ca. A.D. 251 to 1232/12333
Pt. IIThe Church of St. Antony: Paintings and Architecture
2The Church of St. Antony: The Architecture21
3The Early Paintings31
4Theodore, "The Writer of Life," and the Program of 1232/123337
5Theodore's Style, the Art of Christian Egypt, and Beyond77
6Theodore's Program in Context: Egypt and the Mediterranean Region91
7Reflections of the Temporal World: Secular Elements in Theodore's Program103
8The Khurus Vault: An Eastern Mediterranean Synthesis127
9Conservation of the Wall Paintings in the Monastery of St. Antony at the Red Sea155
Pt. IIIThe Viewer's Response: Past and Present
10Perspectives on the Monastery of St. Antony: Medieval and Later Inhabitants and Visitors173
11The Handwriting on the Wall: Graffti in the Church of St. Antony185
12Windows into Heaven: Icons in Monastic Life Today195
13In the Footsteps of the Saints: The Monastery of St. Antony, Pilgrimage, and Modern Coptic Identity203
Pt. IVThe Inscriptions
14The Coptic Inscriptions in the Church of St. Antony217
Conclusion241
Abbreviations249
Notes251
Glossary271
Bibliography275
List of Contributors291
Indexes of the Coptic Inscriptions
INames of Persons293
IINames of Places295
General Index297
Photo Credits307

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