Trying to understand any particular trend out of a historical setting can easily lead to a distorted view of the matter. The same is true for the legacy of an artist like Yuhanna al-Armani. This study has argued that Yuhanna's icons developed and flourished in the second half of the eighteenth century as a result of a combination of factors that coincided at that time. It has argued against the dominant view among many scholars that the artist had recently arrived in Egypt and had come with his cultural luggage, for the most part a set of exogenous cultural traditions that flourished in the new society he moved to. The traditions that Yuhanna introduced are assumed to have been more modern and more developed than those that could be found locally.
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