Gertrud J.M. van Loon is a specialist in Coptic wall painting and iconography. She has done extensive research and has published widely in this field. After obtaining a PhD from Leiden University (1999), she worked on various research projects, especially in Dayr Abu Hinnis (Middle Egypt) and Hammam Faraun (Sinai). Gradually, she has initiated projects which address other aspects of material remains, especially the organization and spatial distribution of monastic communities, involving satellite Remote Sensing techniques. A Marie Curie Fellowship at KULeuven (Belgium), as part of the Dayr al-Barsha Project, focussed on this subject. Her work for the Antinoopolis Mission (University of Florence) combines both approaches. For the project Dayr Anba Hadra, a medieval monastery on the West Bank of Aswan (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut and Exzellence Cluster Topoi) she will document and study the paintings in the church, the cave and the monastic complex. An important aspect is the relationship iconographical programme – function of space.


Further Activities

27.7.2016 Talk Wall paintings at Dayr Anba Hadra, Aswan
Part of: 11th Congress of Coptic Studies, Claremont/CA
2.2.2016 Talk The Discovery of Dayr Anba Hadra: travellers and early scholars on the West bank of Aswan
at Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin
2.3.2015 Talk Paradise of Saints: The Cave of Anba Hadra at Dayr Anba Hadra
at Egyptological Institute, Leibzig