The Known Works of Yuhanna al-Armani

Magdi Guirguis

in An Armenian Artist in Ottoman Cairo

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9789774161520
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617971013 | DOI:
The Known Works of Yuhanna al-Armani

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This chapter focuses on the traditions and economics of craftsmen in the field within which Yuhanna al-Armani worked. Using both the visual and archival material, this chapter tries to place Yuhanna al-Armani's artwork within the context of the division and organization of labor. There is as yet no complete catalogue of Coptic icons produced in Egypt or surviving in Egyptian churches and monasteries. Thus, there is no complete listing of all the icons attributed to Yuhanna al-Armani. This chapter relies on regular visits to the churches of Cairo and Old Cairo in order to record Yuhanna's icons, which still hang there. It relies on these observations and on a study that was undertaken some forty years ago, in 1971, by Nubar Der Mikaelian but never published. This chapter divides Yuhanna's work into two categories: works commissioned for churches and monasteries, and works commissioned by individual patrons.

Keywords: Yuhanna al-Armani; Coptic icons; Egyptian churches; monasteries; Cairo; individual patrons

Chapter.  5438 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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