How to Save the Wall Paintings of Dayr al-Shuhada and Dayr al-Fakhuri

Gawdat Gabra and Hany N. Takla

in Christianity and Monasticism in Upper Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9789774163111
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970481 | DOI:
How to Save the Wall Paintings of Dayr al-Shuhada and Dayr al-Fakhuri

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Many activities during the last fifteen years have been carried out to discover or conserve the Coptic murals. These activities have been sponsored by Dutch, French, Polish, and American (ARCE) missions. The Monastery of St. Antony (Dayr Anba Antunius) also had a great chance for the conservation of its murals in 1992, when an Italian team made a cleaning test and discovered wonderful vivid colors. The composition of the wall paintings in the two monasteries is different. The background in Dayr al-Fakhuri is red bricks; in Dayr al-Shuhada it is mud bricks. The rendering in al-Fakhuri could be lime mortar up to a few centimeters thick, the rendering in al-Shuhada is from mud clay. As a result of renovation, some changes took place after the year 1975, and these paintings disappeared. It is difficult in any event to compare the photographs by Leroy and the current situation of the paintings.

Keywords: wall paintings; Coptic murals; Dayr al-Shuhada; Dayr al-Fakhuri; Monastery of St. Antony

Chapter.  1492 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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