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Christian Art of Ethiopia from the Walters Art Museum

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  • Rev Fr John Brian
    Christian Art of Ethiopia from the Walters Art Museum Artdaily.com - The First Art Newspaper on the Net - Established in 1996 Follower of Fre Seyon, Ethiopian,
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 28, 2006
      Christian Art of Ethiopia from the Walters Art Museum
      Artdaily.com - The First Art Newspaper on the Net - Established in 1996

      Follower of Fre Seyon, Ethiopian, 15th century. Diptych with Virgin and
      Child Flanked by Archangels, Apostles, and Saint George, Tegray (detail).
      Tempera on panel. The Walters Art Museum.
      http://www.artdaily.com/section/news/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=17722

      NORTHAMPTON, MA.- The Smith College Museum of Art presents the exhibit Image
      and Devotion: Christian Art of Ethiopia from the Walters Art Museum through
      December 31. In fall 2006, over forty masterworks of Ethiopian art from the
      Walters Art Museum in Baltimore travel to the Smith College Museum of Art
      for their first showing in this area. The art of Ethiopia, a Christian
      kingdom from the 4th to early 20th centuries, is highlighted here by
      colorful manuscripts, painted icons, and bronze and silver crosses made for
      use in private devotion as well as in church rituals and processions. The
      works cover many different stylistic periods of the 12th-19th centuries, and
      were made in the artistic centers of Lalibala, Aksum, and Gondar, among
      others.

      Historically, Ethiopia was a Christian kingdom with strong ties in both
      trade and religion to the cultures located around the Mediterranean.
      Ethiopia's Christian tradition dates back to the 4th century, when the king
      of the Aksumite kingdom converted to Christianity; by the 15th century, this
      African nation had developed a tradition of icon painting that rivaled that
      of the Orthodox empires of Byzantium and Russia as well as the famed panel
      paintings of Renaissance Italy. The collection of Ethiopian Art at the
      Walters Art Museum, exhibited with those of Byzantium and Russia in a
      permanent gallery devoted to the art of the Orthodox world, is now the
      largest outside of Ethiopia itself. This book celebrates Ethiopian art and
      reveals a vibrant world of color, ritual, and spirituality. . The exhibition
      is accompanied by a catalogue, and is organized by the Walters Art Museum,
      Baltimore.
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