Saturday, October 21, 2006

Exhibition: More re Sinai at the Getty

"Mount Sinai in Egypt is perhaps best known as the site where Moses encountered the burning bush and received the Ten Commandments.
But also in this desolate desert landscape, Justinian, the Byzantine emperor in Constantinople, in the middle of the sixth century ordered the construction of a monastery, St. Catherine's, that has become the oldest continuously operating Christian monastic community. Over the 1,400 years of its existence, St. Catherine's has accumulated one of the finest and most extensive collections of religious icons in the world.
Now, many sacred treasures from the Greek Orthodox monastery are to be shown for the first time abroad. The exhibition Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai will be on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles from Nov. 14 to March 4."

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