Dr. Elizabeth S. Bolman to speak at ARCE-Pa

"The Red Monastery Church: Beauty and Asceticism in Upper Egypt"

The results of a ten-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 fifth century, 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.

  • Date & Time

    2015-05-23 3:30pm
  • Location

    Anthro Room 345, University of Pennsylvania Museum, 33rd and Spruce Sts.