Frescoes in the Enkleistra (cave church) of St. Neophytos, Paphos, Cyprus, 1182-1196AD


Looking into the Bema from the Naos. Painted by Theodoros Apsevdis.
Photo source: Cyprus: Saint Neophytos Monastery


A larger image of 'Jesus Betrayed by Judas', Byzantine Fresco in the Enkleistra (cave church) of St. Neophytos, Paphos, Cyprus, 1182-1196AD

Facing to the left relative to the 1st photo.
Photo by Rüdiger Stehn, August 1982

'Jesus before Pilate', Byzantine Fresco in the Enkleistra (cave church) of St. Neophytos, Paphos, Cyprus, 1182-1196AD
'Road to Calvary', Byzantine Fresco in the Enkleistra (cave church) of St. Neophytos, Paphos, Cyprus, 1182-1196AD
Perhaps in the Naos: Soldiers in 'Jesus Heals the Lame', Byzantine Fresco in the Enkleistra (cave church) of St. Neophytos, Paphos, Cyprus, 1182-1196AD




Plan of the Enkleistra complex of St. Neophytos (Mango and Hawkins 1966).
Some red paint layers containing lead pigments and cinnabar have darkened to black.
Source: The Techniques and Materials of the Wall Paintings at the Enkleistra of St. Neophytos (Phase II) by Ioanna Kakoulli and Christian Fischer



According to written testimonies including an inscription by the painter, Theodore Apseudes, giving the date AD 1182/1183 and a statement by Saint Neophytos himself asserting: “in the twenty- fourth year of my confinement [1183] the Enkleistra was painted throughout (Mango and Hawkins, 1966, p.124), the date for the extended painted phase of the original nucleus of chambers has been established as AD 1182/1183, while, the final phase of the paintings (mainly in the naos) was attributed to a different and unknown painter around AD 1196.
"The Enkleistra of St. Neophytos" by Kakoulli et al, in Asbestos JAS 2014



Referenced as figure 231 in The military technology of classical Islam by D Nicolle
231A to 231D. Frescoes, A - Christ before Pilate, B - Crucifixion, C - Road to Calvary, D - The Betrayal, c. 1200 AD, Byzantine, in situ, Hermitage of St. Neophytos, Enkleistra, Cyprus.




See also David and Goliath, Byzantine Psalter, Palestine or Cyprus, 12th century. BL Add MS 40753
Other 12th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers




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