The Red Monastery Conservation Project, 2006 and 2007

Gawdat Gabra and Hany N. Takla

in Christianity and Monasticism in Upper Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9789774161223
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970450 | DOI:
The Red Monastery Conservation Project, 2006 and 2007

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The massive wall painting conservation project now underway in the church at the Red Monastery near Sohag is contributing substantially to the known corpus of late antique art. Obscured under layers of soot, dust, and varnish for centuries, even most specialists of Coptic art had little familiarity with these paintings. The newly cleaned figural images and non-figural architectural polychromy are of great significance, and even in advance of their publication have drawn considerable interest not only from Coptologists but also from specialists in Late Antiquity and the Byzantine world. The results of early campaigns of conservation work are now in press, and this chapter introduces the monument and presents previously unpublished findings from work in 2006 and early 2007.

Keywords: Red Monastery; Sohag; painting conservation; Coptic art

Chapter.  4609 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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