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An Armenian artist in Ottoman Egypt : Yuhanna al-Armani and his Coptic icons /
Magdi Guirguis ; photographs by Nabil Mankabadi.
edition
"A Friends of Armenian Culture ed."
imprint
Cairo, Egypt ; New York : American University in Cairo Press, 2008.
description
xii, 131 p., [16] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
9774161521, 9789774161520
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Cairo, Egypt ; New York : American University in Cairo Press, 2008.
isbn
9774161521
9789774161520
abstract
"Drawing on deeds relating to Yuhanna al-Armani and other members of his social network, Magdi Guirguis offers a fascinating glimpse into the ways of life of urban dwellers in eighteenth century Cairo, at a time when a civilian elite had reached a high level of prominence and wealth. Illustrated with 28 full-color reproductions of al-Armani's icons, An Armenian Artist in Ottoman Egypt is a rich and compelling window on Cairene social history that will interest students and scholars of art history, Coptic studies, or Ottoman history."--Jacket.
catalogue key
7667210
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 109-121) and index.
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Long Description
Yuhanna al-Armani has long been known by historians of Coptic art as an eighteenth-century Armenian icon painter who lived and worked in Ottoman Cairo. Here for the first time is an account of his life that looks beyond his artistic production to place him firmly in the social, political, and economic milieu in which he moved and the confluence of interests that allowed him to flourish as a painter. Who was Yuhanna al-Armani? What was his network of relationships? How does this shed light on the contacts between Cairo's Coptic and Armenian communities in the eighteenth century? Why was there so much demand for his work at that particular time? And how did a member of Cairo's then relatively modest Armenian community reach such heights of artistic and creative endeavor? Drawing on eighteenth-century deeds relating to al-Armani and other members of his social network recorded in the registers of the Ottoman courts, Magdi Guirguis offers a fascinating glimpse into the ways of life of urban dwellers in eighteenth-century Ottoman Cairo, at a time when a civilian elite had reached a high level of prominence and wealth. Al-Armani's life and career tell us much about the immediate world to which he belonged and about the wider context of the Ottoman Empire, which constituted a vast trading area under a single juridical whole. Illustrated with 28 full-color reproductions of his icons, Yuhanna al-Armani is a rich and compelling window on Cairene social history that will interest students and scholars of art history, Coptic studies, or Ottoman history, as well as anyone looking to learn more about Coptic or Armenian culture in Egypt.
Main Description
Yuhanna al-Armani has long been known by historians of Coptic art as an eighteenth-century Armenian icon painter who lived and worked in Ottoman Cairo. Here for the first time is an account of his life that looks beyond his artistic production to place him firmly in the social, political, and economic milieu in which he moved and the confluence of interests that allowed him to flourish as a painter. Who was Yuhanna al-Armani? What was his network of relationships? How does this shed light on the contacts between Cairo "s Coptic and Armenian communities in the eighteenth century? Why was there so much demand for his work at that particular time? And how did a member of Cairo "s then relatively modest Armenian community reach such heights of artistic and creative endeavor? Drawing on eighteenth-century deeds relating to al-Armani and other members of his social network recorded in the registers of the Ottoman courts, Magdi Guirguis offers a fascinating glimpse into the ways of life of urban dwellers in eighteenth-century Ottoman Cairo, at a time when a civilian elite had reached a high level of prominence and wealth. Al-Armani "s life and career tell us much about the immediate world to which he belonged and about the wider context of the Ottoman Empire, which constituted a vast trading area under a single juridical whole. Illustrated with 28 full-color reproductions of his icons, Yuhanna al-Armani is a rich and compelling window on Cairene social history that will interest students and scholars of art history, Coptic studies, or Ottoman history, as well as anyone looking to learn more about Coptic or Armenian culture in Egypt.
Main Description
Yuhanna al-Armani has long been known by historians of Coptic art as an eighteenth-century Armenian icon painter who lived and worked in Ottoman Cairo. Here for the first time is an account of his life that looks beyond his artistic production to place him firmly in the social, political, andeconomic milieu in which he moved and the confluence of interests that allowed him to flourish as a painter. Who was Yuhanna al-Armani? What was his network of relationships? How does this shed light on the contacts between Cairo's Coptic and Armenian communities in the eighteenth century? Why wasthere so much demand for his work at that particular time? And how did a member of Cairo's then relatively modest Armenian community reach such heights of artistic and creative endeavor? Drawing on eighteenth-century deeds relating to al-Armani and other members of his social network recorded in theregisters of the Ottoman courts. Magdi Guirguis offers a fascinating glimpse into the ways of life of urban dwellers in eighteenth-century Ottoman Cairo, at a time when civilian elite had reached a high level of prominence and wealth. Al-Armani's life and career tell us much about the immediateworld to which he belonged and about the wider context of the Ottoman Empire, which constituted a vast trading area under a single juridical whole. Illustrated with 28 full-color reproductions of his icons, Yuhanna al-Armani is a rich and compelling window on Cairene social history that willinterest students and scholars of art history, Coptic studies, or Ottoman history, as well as anyone looking to learn more about Coptic or Armenian culture in Egypt.
Main Description
Yuhanna al-Armani has long been known by historians of Coptic art as an eighteenth-century Armenian icon painter who lived and worked in Ottoman Cairo. Here for the first time is an account of his life that looks beyond his artistic production to place him firmly in the social, political, andeconomic milieu in which he moved and the confluence of interests that allowed him to flourish as a painter. Who was Yuhanna al-Armani? What was his network of relationships? How does this shed light on the contacts between Cairo's Coptic and Armenian communities in the eighteenth century? Why wasthere so much demand for his work at that particular time? And how did a member of Cairo's then relatively modest Armenian community reach such heights of artistic and creative endeavor?Drawing on eighteenth-century deeds relating to al-Armani and other members of his social network recorded in the registers of the Ottoman courts. Magdi Guirguis offers a fascinating glimpse into the ways of life of urban dwellers in eighteenth-century Ottoman Cairo, at a time when civilian elitehad reached a high level of prominence and wealth. Al-Armani's life and career tell us much about the immediate world to which he belonged and about the wider context of the Ottoman Empire, which constituted a vast trading area under a single juridical whole. Illustrated with 28 full-colorreproductions of his icons, Yuhanna al-Armani is a rich and compelling window on Cairene social history that will interest students and scholars of art history, Coptic studies, or Ottoman history, as well as anyone looking to learn more about Coptic or Armenian culture in Egypt.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Backgroundp. 7
Icon-painting in Eighteenth-century Egyptp. 17
Egyptian Icons before Yuhanna al-Armanip. 39
The Armenian Community in Egyptp. 49
A Biographical Sketch of Yuhanna al-Armanip. 61
The Known Works of Yuhanna al-Armanip. 79
Conclusionp. 95
Summary of the Inheritance of Farisiniya, Yuhanna al-Armani's First Wifep. 99
Probate Document of Yuhanna al-Armanip. 101
The Inheritance of Yuhanna al-Armanip. 103
Plates Descriptionp. 105
Notesp. 109
Indexp. 123
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