The truth about Yared Negu and the Eritrean artist

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The holy people, whose eyes are distorted in size, stare intently at the guests and admirers who gather on a regular basis.

According to Bekele Mekonen, a scholarly at Addis Ababa University's Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, strict works of art that began with Ethiopia's Christianization in the fourth century consistently took on a way of portraying their subjects' eyes larger than their typical size to "mesmerize the watchers."

"The way of thinking about style is that it's not just the onlooker that notices the works of art, but the artistic products themselves notice the onlookers," Bekele explained.

Despite hundreds of years of imagination, as Mekonen points out.

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