Red Sea Monasteries, Egypt

Photographs depicting the Byzantine Institute's inaugural fieldwork project at Coptic monasteries along the Red Sea

After Thomas Whittemore founded the Byzantine Institute in 1930, he led an expedition to Egypt to conduct studies of wall paintings at the Coptic Monasteries of Saint Anthony and Saint Paul near the Red Sea. The team included the architect Oliver Barker, the painter Vladimir Netchetailov, the photographer Kazazian, and the epigrapher Alexandre Piankoff. This inaugural project lasted through early 1931.  For more information about the early activities of the Byzantine Institute, see Byzantium and Beyond and the Moving Image Collection: Red Sea Monasteries.


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