Murals by Zachary Pop Hristov Radoykov in the St. John the Forerunner Church in the village of Karabunar, Pazardjik region
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Стенописите от Захарий Попхристов Радойков в храма „Св. Йоан Предтеча” в село Карабунар, Пазарджишко
Murals by Zachary Pop Hristov Radoykov in the St. John the Forerunner Church in the village of Karabunar, Pazardjik region

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

Summary/Abstract: The St. John the Forerunner Church is located in the vicinity of the village of Karabunar, Pazardjik region, and was built to serve as a parish church for the village in 1818. The entire interior of the temple is richly adorned with varied imagery. There is no other information about the first layer of paintings except for an uncovered image of Archdeacon Stephan. The second layer, dating back to 1861, is the work of Samokov zograph Zachary Pop Hristov Radoykov who has also left his own self-portrait. The iconographic programme includes both standard themes and saints, and some rarer or new themes in the art of the Bulgarian National Revival, such as the Wheel of Life, the Parable of Hy- pocrisy, the Winged Virgin Mary, etc. Some of the themes are of moral-didactic nature: right and wrong religious beliefs, going to the medicine-woman for cure, ordeals of the soul, etc. These themes and stories are highlighted in the article.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 48-56
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Bulgarian