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ARCE-PA Presents:


Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 3:30 pm
Anthro Room 345, Penn Museum

Dr. Elizabeth S. Bolman
 Professor of Medieval Art, Department of Art History, 
Tyler School of Art, Temple University

"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.





 Elizabeth Bolman specializes in Late Antique and Byzantine visual culture, and is an Associate Professor of Late Antique, Medieval and Byzantine Visual Culture, as well as the Associate Director of Graduate Studies for the MA Program in the Department of Art History, Tyler School of Art, Temple University. 

She received her MA and PhD degrees from Bryn Mawr College. She is the editor and principal author of the award winning book Monastic Visions: Wall Paintings in the Monastery of St. Antony at the Red Sea (Yale University Press and the American Research Center in Egypt, 2002). She has three books in progress, has published numerous articles, and has received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the J. William Fulbright Foundation, Dumbarton Oaks, the American Research Center in Egypt, and many others. 

In 2008 she received the College Art Association Heritage Preservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Preservation, and in 2012 she received the Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching. 

This is a free lecture. 


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*Entrance fees are $10 for the general public, $7 for Penn Museum members and UPenn Staff & Faculty, $5 for Students with ID, and FREE for ARCE-PA members and children under 12

*Please note: ARCE-PA does not sell tickets for the monthly lectures. All entry fees will be taken at the door of the lecture venue at the ARCE-PA table. 



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