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За стенописите в църквата „Св. Георги” в Колуша, Кюстендил
Of the Murals at the Church of St George, Kolusha, Kyustendil

Author(s): Luben Domozetski
Subject(s): Cultural history
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The article deals with some of the extant fragments of the mural decoration in the altar-space of the Church of St George, Kolusha, Kyustendil or more precisely: the representations of hierarchs in the central apse and the presbytery and the representations of deacons on the walls of the passages between the three parts of the altar. Some of the important stages of the development of the scene Adoration of the Lamb of God are given and parallels between this monuments and other ones of the age are drawn on the base of their iconographic specifics. The representation both of fathers bowing eastwards and of frontally presented hierarchs is of special interest. Such a combination is witnessed at the Church of the Virgin Eleousa, Velusa. Specifics of the iconography of the Adoration of the Lamb are also found in some miniatures. The characteristics of the Bishop’s regalia of the hierarchs at the church in Kyustendil are considered in brief and compared to representations at other churches of the period 11th–12th century. The article highlights the representations of deacons at the Church of St George, Kolusha comparing these with similar representations at the Church of St Sophia, Ohrid and that of St Leontius, Vodoča. Due to the iconographic specifics of the scene Adoration of the Lamb of God and the characteristics of the Bishop’s regalia, the murals at the church in Kolusha could convincingly be dated to the early decades of the twentieth century, being an interesting and rare example of the wall painting of the age.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 15-22
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Bulgarian