Ethiopian Coptic Church Fresco c.1700
An absolutely stunning and important piece of art within its genre.
Featuring two seated Evangelists each upon a throne issuing an edict.
The painting is classical in form, making the most of symbolism and stylistic forms particular to the Coptic Church from this Period.
Historically painted clothes were applied to the walls and pillars of Ethiopian Coptic churches. In the early 19th Century a form of religious fervour gripped the whole country and like the iconoclasts of Europe, churches were stripped of such relics. Many paintings if not distorted at the time, deteriorated and rotted in attics and cellars.
Therefore few survive.
Provenance from Gordon Reece Private Collection and previously the Private collection of an Ethiopian Lady now resident in Paris, handed down through her family.