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

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An ancient church in the Coptic Monastery of St. Antony at the Red Sea contains a unique cycle of thirteenth-century wall paintings. They constitute by far the most complete and best-preserved iconographic program of Christian paintings to come from medieval Egypt. Ignored for centuries because they were covered with soot and overpainting, these compelling images have recently undergone conservation.

This beautiful book reproduces the cleaned paintings for the first time. It also describes and analyzes their amalgam of Coptic (Egyptian Christian), Byzantine, and Arab styles and motifs as well as the religious culture to which they belong. In 1996, funded by the United States Agency for International Development and at the request of the Monastery of St. Antony, the Antiquities Development Project of the American Research Center in Egypt began the conservation of the paintings in the church. The paintings revealed by the conservators are of extremely high quality, both stylistically and conceptually. While rooted in the Christian tradition of Egypt, they also reveal explicit connections with Byzantine and Islamic art of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Some newly discovered paintings can even be dated back to the sixth or seventh century.

The authors of this book-who include art historians, conservators, historians, an archaeologist, and an anthropologist-discuss the significance of these revelations and place the church and the paintings within the artistic and historical traditions of both Coptic Egypt and the eastern Mediterranean region in the Middle Ages.

Author Biography: Elizabeth S. Bolman is assistant professor of medieval art history at Temple University. The other contributors are Luigi De Cesaris, Mark Easton, Gawdat Gabra, Patrick Godeau, Sidney H. Griffith, Michael Jones, Adriano Luzi, William Lyster, Father Maximous El-Anthony, Elizabeth E. Oram, Birger A. Pearson, Robert K. Vincent., Jr., and Tim Vivian.

Published in association with American Research Center in Egypt, Inc.

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Anthony Cutler
Bolman makes the arcane accessible and the spiritual meaningful. This is how art history,usually seen as an elitist activity,should be written up in a democratic society.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300092240
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Pt. I St. Antony the Great
1 St. Antony the Great and the Monastery of St. Antony at the Red Sea, ca. A.D. 251 to 1232/1233 3
Pt. II The Church of St. Antony: Paintings and Architecture
2 The Church of St. Antony: The Architecture 21
3 The Early Paintings 31
4 Theodore, "The Writer of Life," and the Program of 1232/1233 37
5 Theodore's Style, the Art of Christian Egypt, and Beyond 77
6 Theodore's Program in Context: Egypt and the Mediterranean Region 91
7 Reflections of the Temporal World: Secular Elements in Theodore's Program 103
8 The Khurus Vault: An Eastern Mediterranean Synthesis 127
9 Conservation of the Wall Paintings in the Monastery of St. Antony at the Red Sea 155
Pt. III The Viewer's Response: Past and Present
10 Perspectives on the Monastery of St. Antony: Medieval and Later Inhabitants and Visitors 173
11 The Handwriting on the Wall: Graffti in the Church of St. Antony 185
12 Windows into Heaven: Icons in Monastic Life Today 195
13 In the Footsteps of the Saints: The Monastery of St. Antony, Pilgrimage, and Modern Coptic Identity 203
Pt. IV The Inscriptions
14 The Coptic Inscriptions in the Church of St. Antony 217
Conclusion 241
Abbreviations 249
Notes 251
Glossary 271
Bibliography 275
List of Contributors 291
Indexes of the Coptic Inscriptions
I Names of Persons 293
II Names of Places 295
General Index 297
Photo Credits 307
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