The Paintings of Zachary Zograph in the Preobrazhenski Monastery. Recent Research about the Church during Restoration Cover Image
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Зографията на Захари Зограф в Преображенския манастир. Последни проучвания за църквата по време на реставрацията
The Paintings of Zachary Zograph in the Preobrazhenski Monastery. Recent Research about the Church during Restoration

Author(s): Svetla Koinova-Mechkueva, Lozinka Koinova-Arnaudova
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The renovation of Transfiguration church in the Preobrazhenski Monastery during the mid 19th c. was made by masters of the Samokov and Tryavna art schools. Zachary Zograph was the key figure. He has observed the canonic requirements when painting the church. The icon painter has created for his murals a strict system concerning the composition and the use of colors. But his name is also connected with the introduction of new ideas and a new aesthetics typical for the Revival period. The church has drawings on its facade which is quite rare for our churches. The artistic arrangement of part of the antechamber and the facade was the work of the Samokov masters of decorations with the participation of Zachary Zograph. In connection with the restoration that took place in the period 2004-2010, a number of problems have become clear such as the state of the original, the image of the holkel, the places where corrections have been made during the renovation and after the earthquake in 1913. It is also reported about the discovery of parts of older architecture. Regardless of the deteriorated state of the decorations it was established that it is possible to preserve greater part of the original and in the ruined parts of the facade to undertake a well-grounded reconstruction.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 3-6
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: Bulgarian