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An Armenian Artist in Ottoman Cairo: Yuhanna al-Armani and His Coptic Icons

Magdi Guirguis


This book offers an unique window onto the social history of Cairo in the eighteenth century. Yuhanna al-Armani has long been known by historians of Coptic art as an eighteenth-century Armenian icon painter who lived and worked in Ottoman Cairo. Here for the first time is an account of his life that looks beyond his artistic production to place him firmly in the social, political, and economic milieu in which he moved and the confluence of interests that allowed him to flourish as a painter. Who was Yuhanna al-Armani? What was his network of relationships? How does this shed light on the conta ... More

Keywords: Cairo, Yuhanna al-Armani, Coptic art, icon painter, Ottoman Cairo, eighteenth century, Ottoman Empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9789774161520
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774161520.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Magdi Guirguis, author