COPTIC CEMETERY BY THE AMERICAN ARTIST ANNA HELD AUDETTE
Anna Held Audette (1938 – 2013) was a famous American artist who was fascinated by industrial ruins, and relics in general, and used her art to express her vision of that past. She has a few charcoal drawings from Egypt from the second half of the 1970s; one of them has a Coptic theme, ‘Coptic Cemetery’, from 1977 (30 h x 40 w in).
The Coptic cemetery in Old Cairo, close to the Coptic Museum, has often drawn the fascination of onlookers with its old tombs of various structural shapes, crosses and statues. Audette incorporates all that, and add to it spooky shapes of individuals representing the dead, which makes a very thought-provoking spectacle.