The iconostasis frieze from the Church of St Paraskeva [St Petka] in Svoge and its context Cover Image
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Иконостасният фриз от църквата „Св. Петка“ в Своге и неговият контекст
The iconostasis frieze from the Church of St Paraskeva [St Petka] in Svoge and its context

Author(s): Tsveta Kuneva
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, History of Art
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките
Keywords: post-Byzantine art; icons; murals; attribution; St Athanasius Church in Arbanasi; atelier of Nicholas of Linotopi

Summary/Abstract: This article examines an unpublished iconstasis frieze depicting the Deеsis with ten figures of apostles on thrones (Inv. № 3629; dimensions 287 x 29.3 x 4 cm) from the fund of the National Church Museum of History and Archaeology of the Holy Synod in Sofia. Readings of the inscriptions on the frieze and analysis of the known historical and documental data suggest that the frieze originates from the Church of St Paraskeva (St Petka) in Svoge. The year 1496 mentioned in an inscription on the frieze may indicate the year of its creation or to be terminus ante quem for the construction of the Church, or that is related to an important and chronologically close event. Probably, the persons mentioned in the inscription are settlers from Telish village (Cherven Bryag Municipality). Another inscription on the frieze proves that it was renovated in 1634 with funds provided by the priest Zlatan and his wife. In spite of all the conventions, it can be concluded with certainty that the frieze from Svoge dates from the end of 15th or more likely the 16th c. and represents one of the early woodcarved examples of an epistyle with Deesis and apostles on thrones which is specific to post-Byzantine Balkan art.

  • Issue Year: 2023
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 31-39
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Bulgarian