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An Armenian Artist in Ottoman CairoYuhanna al-Armani and His Coptic Icons$
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Magdi Guirguis

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789774161520

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774161520.001.0001

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A Biographical Sketch of Yuhanna al-Armani

A Biographical Sketch of Yuhanna al-Armani

(p.61) 5 A Biographical Sketch of Yuhanna al-Armani
An Armenian Artist in Ottoman Cairo

Magdi Guirguis

American University in Cairo Press

Yuhanna al-Armani's biography is studied with the hope of throwing light upon different aspects of eighteenth-century Egypt. In a sense, Yuhanna was an ordinary person who through his work had achieved a certain status. He never attained great wealth, but seems to have lived in relative comfort, like many other craftsmen, whether they were living in Cairo or another Ottoman city. His career sheds light on the ways in which artists functioned and carried out their work and gives us an idea of their social status. It might not be entirely relevant to this undertaking to present details about his family and social networks. However, this chapter presents these details in the hope that they might bring Yuhanna back to life to some extent and—more importantly—might be of use to other scholars in future research.

Keywords:   Yuhanna al-Armani, eighteenth-century Egypt, Cairo, Ottoman city, social status, family

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