By ANNE CANALP
The Camille Enlart archive contains 543 images, 470 signed by Enlart himself and others taken by friends, and includes the island’s topography and scenes of everyday life between 1896 and 1911.
French art historian, archaeologist, Camille Enlart (1862-1927) visited the island in 1896 and 1901 to study and photograph Gothic art while also collecting images, sculptures, paintings and pottery.
Subjects come from across the island and include images of Girne’s ancient crusader castle, two of the manor of Lapithos (Lapta), 168 of the churches of Famagusta and 134 of the capital's monuments including the 1901 excavations of the Monastery of St Francis.
Everyday scenes feature the cloth bazaar and the capital's market, the harbour, the feast of St Barnabas thyme sellers, harvest scenes and barley threshing, St Hilarion Castle and portraits of Karpaz Greeks and the local policemen known as zaptieh.
Museum director Rita Severis said: "This is a precious testimony, inscribed by Enlart himself, to the medieval past of Cyprus. Some of the monuments illustrated have since been destroyed and we have no other visible evidence of them."
The collection was purchased by the Severis Foundation for the Cvar Museum in December 2016 at a French auction, with support from home and abroad including Dr Ayla Gürel, Dr Marios Sarris and anonymous donors.
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