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Red Monastery
Dr. Elizabeth Bolman, Temple University
Wall Painting Conservation

Director: Elizabeth Bolman, Temple University

The church of Saints Bishai and Bigol, the "Red Monastery," was the heart of a large monastic community, in a region known as an important center for ascetic life in the 5th century, A.D. It is an astonishingly rare example of the coloristic intensity of late antique monuments in Egypt. In this church, late antique paintings cover about eighty percent of the walls, niches, columns, pilasters, pediments and apses. ARCE has administered the first major campaign of conservation, art historical study, and publication of the Red Monastery church sanctuary. The project is directed by Dr. Elizabeth Bolman of Temple University.

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