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Title: A Newly Discovered Mural Painting in Deir al-Surian
Author(s): INNEMÉE, Karel C.
Journal: Eastern Christian Art
Volume: 1 Issue: Date: 2004
Since 1996 an international team of conservators and researcers under the auspices of Leiden University have been working on the uncovering and conservation of paintings in the Church of the Holy Virgin of Deir al-Surian in the Wadi al-Natrun (Egypt). This project has resulted in the discovery of four successive layers of painting under the layer of the eighteenth-century plaster-work that covered the interior of the church untill recently. A number of the paintings that have been discovered show iconographical details that are unusual or even unique in Christian art until now.
In the autumn of 2002 a painting was discovered on the eastern wall of the northern khurus that has a quite simple but nevertheless intriguing composition. This article will attempt to explain its iconography and the circumstances under which it was created.