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Чудесата на св. Георги от една икона на Захарий Зограф от 1837 г
The miracles of St. George in a 1837 icon by Zachary Zograph

Author(s): Georgi Minchev
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The icon “Saint George with scenes from his life” was painted by Z. Zograph in 1837, ordered by rich merchants from Koprivshtitsa for the Church of the Falling Asleep of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The composition of the scenes − particularly to the left of the saint − diverges from the traditional way of portraying miracles, the last three of which (the miracle of the widow, the miracle of the youth from Militina and the miracle of the youth from Amira) exemplify the rare case of visualizing a saint’s post mortem deeds. In the paper, an attempt is made to analyse the three above-mentioned miracles in comparison with literary texts and gravures from Mount Athos. It can be stated that Z. Zograph made use of ready-made visual models, even though he might also have been influenced by certain literary works (e.g. Damascene Studite’s Thesauros).

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 20-23
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: Bulgarian