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Christianity and Monasticism in the Fayoum OasisEssays from the 2004 International Symposium of the Saint Mark Foundation and the Saint Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society in Honor of Martin Krause$
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Gawdat Gabra

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9789774248924

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774248924.001.0001

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Preservation of the Wall Paintings in the Church of the Archangel Gabriel at Naqlun

Preservation of the Wall Paintings in the Church of the Archangel Gabriel at Naqlun

(p.279) 24 Preservation of the Wall Paintings in the Church of the Archangel Gabriel at Naqlun
Christianity and Monasticism in the Fayoum Oasis

Gawdat Gabra

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter describes the emergency treatment or preservation of a set of wall paintings from the church of the monastery of the Archangel Gabriel at the Naqlun site in the Fayoum Oasis in Egypt. It explains that the renovation works were carried out by the monks inside the church and included progressive removal of layers of secondary plastering, cleaning, structural reinforcement of the ground of all paintings, and final treatment procedures involving aesthetic colour integration. The research also reveals successive architectural renovations of the church, which was probably originally constructed in the late nineth century.

Keywords:   wall paintings, monastery, Naqlun, painting preservation, Fayoum Oasis, Egypt, church renovation

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