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Voices of Jerusalem: A Friar on Artistic Patronage in the Old City

Father Eugenio Mario Alliata is the friar who oversees the collections of the Franciscan community in the Old City.

Produced in association with Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from September 26, 2016, through January 8, 2017.

Father Eugenio Mario Alliata: I am here 37 years already. I came as a young student, and now I am an old father.

The Franciscans are just one of the many Christian communities in Jerusalem, because Jerusalem always was an international city.

The Franciscans came to Jerusalem to maintain the prayer and the presence in the holy places. They were far away from their country, they were in a place which was sometimes hostile to them. So to keep the churches in order and also beautiful for the prayer, they got gifts. Some of them very important, very beautiful gifts from the main Christian nations of France, Spain, Italy, too.

And still today, we have all these gifts kept very, very carefully. When we look at these paintings, we see in them a model we have to follow, in staying in the Holy Land. You know, Jerusalem, it is called the Holy City, but it is really made Holy City only if we are a little bit holy in it.

Producer and Director: Christopher Noey
Director of Photography: Alex Rappoport
Producer: Kate Farrell
Editor: Dia Felix
Production Coordinator: Ruthy Lustig-Dassa, A2 Productions Ltd.
Gaffer: Ya'ir Dahan
Sound Recording: Itamar Goldman
Sound Editing: David Raymond
Production Assistants: Kaelan Burkett, Munir Ibrahim, Imad Khuri, Lisa Rifkind
Transcription: Denise Rohlfs
Scholarly Advisors: Barbara Drake Boehm, Melanie Holcomb

Images and photographs courtesy of:
Terra Sancta Museum, Jerusalem
Terra Sancta Museum, Nazareth

Special thanks to:
Aish HaTorah World Center, Jerusalem
Al-Aqsa Mosque, Awqaf Administration
Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Chapel of the Flagellation and Studium Biblicum Franciscanum
Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem
Custodia Terrae Sanctae
East Jerusalem Development Ltd.
Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Hashimi Hotel
The Holy Lavra of Saint Sabbas the Sanctified
Indian Hospice
The Jerusalem Archaeological Park - Davidson Center
Monastery of the Cross, Jerusalem
Monastery of St. Saviour, Jerusalem
Dr. Yusuf Said Natsheh

© 2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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