Virtues’ Iconography in the Wall Paintings of Bawit and Saqqara

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Coptic artists relied on monastic literature and religious sources, which described popular religious figures. Such sources represented virtues, as well as symbolic representations in the mural paintings of Bawit and Saqqara. It is noteworthy to find that the illustrations of virtues in Coptic art went through some developments. They may not have been remarkable, but the scarcity of their portrayal, in comparison to the stereotypical themes, such as the depictions of Jesus and the Virgin Mary, is interesting.


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