Beit Maroun in Syriac
Executed in: 1965
Medium: Oil on board
Size: 11 x19 cm
Acquired by a close friend of the artist, New York.
Private collection, New York.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
Beit Maroun in Syriac is part of a very small series of paintings in which Saliba Douaihy introduced the Syriac Alphabet while integrating the colors of the stain glass churches of his hometown. The Syriac Alphabet is one of the Semitic Abjad which shares similarities with the Phoenician and Arabic scripts. It is a writing system that was used to inscribe the Syriac language around the 1st century AD.
Syriac is a dialect of Aramaic and most religious scholars and historians agree that Jesus Christ spoke principally Galilean another dialect of the Aramaic. Douaihy whose initiation to painting began in his hometown through stain glass paintings and church paintings was always fascinated by the spiritual and religious realms.
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