STILL PICTURES OF THE BEAUTIFUL COPTIC WALL PAINTINGS AT THE MONASTERY OF SAINT ANTONY BY EVA BYRNE
In a previous article,[i] I wrote about the recently discovered wall paintings at the Monastery of Saint Antony at the Red Sea in Egypt’s Eastern Desert. The brilliance of these masterworks of art and the genius of the Coptic artists who created them in the 13th century were shown by the famous British historian and art critic, Andrew Graham-Dixon. In a BBC4 documentary, Art for Eternity, which was broadcast for the first time in 2007, he argued that the works of the Coptic artist who executed these 13th century masterpieces were similar to the works of Picasso and the Dada and Surreal movements of the early twentieth century in their artistic style. The reader can watch the Coptic part of the documentary by accessing that article.
Here, I would like to present the reader with still pictures of those Coptic masterpieces. This will hopefully provide the reader with the opportunity to study the paintings in more detail, and so more appreciate their beauty.
Fortunately we have on Flickr a photographer who took some brilliant pictures of the work. The photos were taken by Eva Byrne on 8 May 2009 using Canon Digital IXUS 70. Here is a guide to these excellent quality shots (click on the links):
Central view, showing Christ Pantocrator
MILITARY MARTYRS (WARRIOR-SAINTS)
Five martyrs: St. Mercurius, St. Victor, St. Mina, St. George, ? (not clear)
Part of Mercurius painting showing Julian being stabbed
St. Mercurius and St. Victor
St. Victor and St. Mina
Panoramic view of the chapel
Six more saints
Four more saints
Faces of four saints with a central cross
The two archangels, St. Michael and St. Raphael
[i] THE BRILLIANCE AND GENIUS OF COPTIC ART AS REVEALED BY RECENT DISCOVERIES AND PRESENTED BY THE BRITISH ART HISTORIAN AND CRITIC ANDREW GRAHAM-DIXON: https://copticliterature.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/the-brilliance-and-genius-of-coptic-art-as-revealed-by-recent-discoveries-and-presented-by-the-british-art-historian-and-critic-andrew-graham-dixon/