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In one of the oldest monasteries in the world a unique painting waits for your support.

In the church of Deir al-Surian, a Coptic monastery in the Egyptian desert,a team of Leiden University (The Netherlands) is doing research and conservation works on mural paintings, some of which were hidden under plaster for a long time. One of the paintings that has come to light is an extraordinary mural painting, depicting the Adoration of the Magi and the shepherds, a theme known as Epiphany. This masterpiece from the 8th century has been hidden for 800 years and can be admired again soon, but….we want to give back this painting to the monastery and its monks in a state that shows something of its former glory, and the retouching will be a process that costs time and money.

The Epiphany has been consolidated, but our budget is not sufficient to make retouchings that will make it better ‘readable’. Our aim is to make retouchings in water colours, a process that will take three restorers about two months to do. Our international team, headed by Cristobal Calaforra, has been working on the uncovering and the restoration of the paintings for the past 10 years. They have elaborate experience in the field, having worked on mural paintings from Poland to Sudan.

The budget needed for this is $ 20,000, consisting of $ 17,000 for salaries and $ 3000 for travel expenses, materials and local costs.

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Hardly any risks are there, except for the possibilty that the political situation in Egypt will get really so difficult that working there will be impossible. But on the other hand the monastery is far away from Cairo, where most of the unrest takes place.


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