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Christianity and Monasticism in Upper EgyptVolume 1: Akhmim and Sohag$
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Gawdat Gabra and Hany N. Takla

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789774161223

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774161223.001.0001

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The Red Monastery Conservation Project, 2006 and 2007

The Red Monastery Conservation Project, 2006 and 2007

Campaigns Contributing to the Corpus of Late Antique Art

(p.305) 25 The Red Monastery Conservation Project, 2006 and 2007
Christianity and Monasticism in Upper Egypt

Gawdat Gabra

Hany N. Takla

American University in Cairo Press

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early campaigns of conservation work are now in press, and this chapter introduces the monument and presents previously unpublished findings from work in 2006 and early 2007.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

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