The Centre of Visual Arts and Research presents the exhibition of the personal photographic archive of the French archaeologist and art historian Camille Enlart.

The Enlart archive is perhaps  the  most  important  archive  on  medieval Cyprus with more than 500 photographs portraying the monuments, topography and scenes of everyday life on the island in 1896-1911.  Based  on  the  findings  of  his  visits,  Camille  Enlart  wrote  the  famous  book  ‘L’ Art Gothique et la Renaissance en Chypre’ (1899) which was translated into English by Sir David Hunt and published with the title ‘The Gothic Art and the Renaissance in Cyprus’ (1987).

The archive unfolds a panorama of Cyprus, with illustrations of monuments, many of  which  were  destroyed  during  the  twentieth  century  and  for  which  these  photographs remain the only visual testimony. Furthermore there are scenes of everyday life in the cities and villages of Cyprus, as for example the bazaar of Nicosia, the fair of St Barnabas, the thyme sellers and others.

During the exhibition the museum will offer interactive tours for preschoolers, primary and high school students.

The aims of the tours:

  • The children to get to know Camille Enlart as a traveller, photographer, art historian and archaeologist and in general as a person with enquiries and pursuits.
  • To consider and understand the differences between the journeys to Cyprus and from one place of the island to the other, in the past and the present.
  • To get to know life in Cyprus at the end of 19th beginning of 20th century through historical photographs.
  • To get acquainted with the art of photography and its development since the 19th
  • To observe the historical photographs and understand their importance, following the steps of description, reflection and formal analysis.

The exhibition will remain open from October 15 to December 22 2019 and the tours will be offered free.

Duration: 60 minutes

Languages: Greek, English

 

For children 4-8 years old

The children will listen to the story of a French boy, Camille, who mysteriously discovered a chest with old things in the basement of his house…what was in this chest and what stories were hidden there? As soon as they discover the content of the chest, the children will get on board an imaginary ship and they will travel back in time, in Cyprus of the end of the 19th century. They will observe the historical photographs and they will be asked to compare an old and a contemporary photograph.

 

For children 9-12 years old

The children will get on board an imaginary 19th century ship and they will be, for a little while, co-travellers with the French art historian and archaeologist Camille. What stories will he share with them? Further on they will disembark and they will stroll in the streets of 19th century Cyprus while observing his photographs. They will get acquainted with the art of photography at the end of the 19th century and they will compare the photographs and the way people were photographing in the past and the present.

 

For secondary students (12-18 years old)

In the first part of the tour the students will meet Camille Enlart as a traveller and scholar: Who was he? What was the purpose of his travels? What was he pursuing in Cyprus? Further on they will have a tour around the exhibition and in the second part they will focus on specific photographs and they will try to describe them, reflect upon them and analyse them, in order to understand the importance of historical photographs as tools for learning history.

 

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