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Christian Egypt: Coptic Art and Monuments Through Two Millennia Hardcover – September 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814624065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814624067
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.5 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,429,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Massimo Capuani offers an enlightening overview of the history of Egypt's largest and most ancient minority community . . . and provides a superb overall orientation to the sites as well as a fine feel for visual style and major religious themes in the Coptic iconographic repertoire.
Religion and the Arts


272 page Monumental work is a masterpiece of art and history of the Christian Era of Egypt.
Coptic Church Review


Written in a limpid style that is both instructive and colorful, this book, rich in splendid illustrations is a thorough study of the Coptic Church: culture, art, architecture, cultic and ritual practices. Nothing escapes the eyes of the three authors: a historian of monasticism, a theologian, and the curator of Egyptian antiquities in the Louvre. The plan of the book is unusual: it is divided into geographic regions, which allows for a meticulous study of every monastery, every church, every village. Finally, by means of the history of the oldest among Christian churches, the authors shed light on the present renewal of a Coptic spirit in Egypt.
Djénane Kareh-Tager, Ecritures


This is a volume of interest to the historian, artist, archaeologist and theologian. It gives an insight into modern Coptic renewal and the influence of its monastic life, as well as an overview of a key element in the development of Egyptian Christianity. Both the beauty and the struggles of this church come alive through these stories and illustrations.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)


This lovely coffee-table book details Coptic buildings (churches, monasteries, sculptures, and icons that still exist. . . . A great pleasure is the stunningly beautiful color photos of various artifacts.
The Conrad Grebel Review

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian

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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Compiled and written by Massimo Capuani (historian and researcher in the field of Eastern Christian Churches, as well as Middle Eastern and Mediterranean culture) and enhanced with informed and informed contributions by Otto F. A. Meinardus (Fellow of the Institute of Coptic Studies in Cairo) and Marie-Helene Rustschowscaya (Head Curator, Department of Egyptian Antiquities, Louvre, and Director of the Coptic section), as well as emendations and an introduction to this English-language edition by Gawdat Gabra, Christian Egypt: Coptic Art And Monuments Through Two Millennia is a truly stunning and unusually panoramic history of the artistic expression of the Coptic Church ranging across hundreds of years. Gorgeous color photography, illustrative black-and-white images, showcase the extensively detailed background information on the history and creation of great works of architecture and expression which fill this singularly impressive volume from cover to cover. Christian Egypt is a highly recommended and much appreciated contribution to Art History, Christian History, and Egyptian History academic reference collections as well as the non-specialist general reader with an interest in Coptic art and monuments.
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