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Assumption of the Virgin and God the Father Holding an Orb, Coptic Christian manuscript - Public Domain Orthodox Painting

Details: Coptic Christians are members of the Coptic Orthodox Church, which is an Oriental Orthodox Christian church based in Egypt. The term "Coptic" refers to the ancient Egyptian language, which was spoken in Egypt until the end of the 17th century. The Coptic Orthodox Church is one of the oldest...

Jesus Christ and The Virgin Mary Surrounded by Angels (17th Century) by Te'amire Maryam) - Public Domain Orthodox Painting

Details: Created under King Yohannes (1667–1682) or King Iyyasu I (1682–1706), this manuscript in the First Gonderine style—with bold outlines and a rich palette—includes 32 painted scenes narrating the miracles performed by the Virgin Mary, a series intended to guide weekly devotion. These codified “Miracles of...

Crucifixion, with Mary and Saint John and the Resurrection (early 18th Century) Ethiopian - Public Domain Orthodox Painting

Details In the seventeenth century, Ethiopian artists were increasingly exposed to forms of expression from Europe. During this period, double-sided diptychs became popular among the nobility as pendant icons worn suspended by a cord around the neck. The subject matter depicted on this example is a standard program for this...

Virgin Mary, Child Jesus with Archangels Gabriel and Michael (late 17th century) Central Ethiopia - Public Domain Orthodox Painting

Details Although Orthodox Christianity has been practiced in the highlands of Ethiopia since the 4th century, this elaborate triptych is rendered in the courtly First Gonderine style, which flourished during the reign of King Iyyasu I (1682–1706) and incorporated bold, richly decorated forms and figures. With its central panel...

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