St. John the Baptist in Dayr al-Suryan, in the Wadi Natrun: A Crusader era Deesis icon from the Byzantine periphery Re-vivified Cover Image
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St. John the Baptist in Dayr al-Suryan, in the Wadi Natrun: A Crusader era Deesis icon from the Byzantine periphery Re-vivified
St. John the Baptist in Dayr al-Suryan, in the Wadi Natrun: A Crusader era Deesis icon from the Byzantine periphery Re-vivified

Author(s): Zuzana Skálová
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Slovanský ústav Akademie věd ČR, v. v. i. and Euroslavica

Summary/Abstract: The present study looks at the creation of the Mobile Icon Restoration Unit (MIRU) for Egypt, and provides a framework of reference for the complex efforts involved in the study, conservation and reintegration of a thirteenth century Deesis portrait of an interceding St. John the Baptist, and the stabilization of its damaged support. The cleaning revised our understanding of the mellowing effect of a thick yellow varnish layer on bright pigments. Hidden details were rediscovered, providing new stylistic clues. The re-restored icon contributes to the body of ongoing studies of the artistic interaction in the Eastern Mediterranean during the crusader presence, 1187-1291.

  • Issue Year: LXXII/2014
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 350-369
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: English