The Donor of the Kremikovtsi Monastery Metropolitan Kalevit and the Brankovic Dynasty Cover Image
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Ктиторът на Кремиковския манастир митрополит Калевит и династията на Бранковичите
The Donor of the Kremikovtsi Monastery Metropolitan Kalevit and the Brankovic Dynasty

Author(s): Tsveta Kuneva
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Visual Arts, History of Art
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките
Keywords: 15th–16th centuries; Sofia Metropolitan Kalevit; Srem Metropolitan Maxim; St. George the New martyr of Sofia

Summary/Abstract: The Brankovic dynasty with its importance for the Serbian-Bulgarian cultural relations is subject of a huge body of scientific research. This article follows some aspects of the influence of the Brankovici on the orthodox art during the end of the 15th and the beginning of the 16th centuries in Bulgaria. One of the main directions of this influence reveals through the connections of Maxim, Metropolitan of Srem (George Brankovic) with the Kremikovtsi Monastery. The scientific disagreements in regard with the close relationship between the Sofia Metropolitan Kalevit and Metropolitan Maxim are reevaluated in the light of the historical evidence. In addition to the numerous references to the donor of the Kremikovtsi Monastery in various epigraphic artifacts, the inclusion of his name in two Serbian beadrolls (beadroll of Pchinya and beadroll of Krusedol) and two Serbian genealogies (Karlovacki genealogy and Brankovici genealogy) is particularly interesting. All these texts are related to the Brankovici dynasty. Up to now the literature on the subject also fails to account for the translation of the relics of St. George the New martyr of Sofia (whose hagiography by priest Peyo also honours Metropolitan Maxim) to the Kremikovtsi Monastery in the 16th century. The presented historical evidence challenges the current scientific agreement regarding the ancestry of Metropolitan Kalevit as one of the last members of the old Bulgarian nobility.

  • Issue Year: 2022
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 58-63
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Bulgarian