The Red Monastery Church: Beauty and Asceticism in Upper Egypt, ARCE lecture by Dr. Elizabeth S. Bolman (Temple University), Penn Museum, May 23, 2015, 3:30pm
The results of a 10-year conservation project at the Red Monastery church have revealed a fabulously dynamic, painted interior with close aesthetic and iconographic ties to major early Byzantine monuments. The church dates to the late 5th century CE, a formative period in the history of monasticism. It illustrates one of the earliest conjunctions of spectacular monumental architecture and asceticism, a fusion that has become so familiar that it seems natural. Initially, however, the choice to deploy such tools in a desert community of men who had chosen to leave the world behind was a contentious one.
Presented by the American Research Center in Egypt—Pennsylvania Chapter.