Two Icons by Dionysios of Fournas or by Painters of his Workshop in Bulgaria  Cover Image
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Две икони на Дионисий от Фурна или на зографи от школата му в България
Two Icons by Dionysios of Fournas or by Painters of his Workshop in Bulgaria

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

Summary/Abstract: The article presents two icons of st John the Forerunner from the Crypt in Sofia and of st Nicholas from the church St. Nicholas in Melnik. After an examination of the icons we found out that there are a lot of exterior similarities from which comes clear that the icons have to be made by the same painter or by painters from the same atelier. On the other hand, the iconographical and technotropical elements allow to associate them with the painter from the first half of 18th c., Dionysios of Fourna or with his students. We can hypothesize that the origin of the icons is common, and more possible from a church of St. Nicholas in Melnik. It is logical that the flourish Greek community of Melnik could order icons to some of the most famous painters from Holy Mountain, to Dionysios of Fourna or to his entourage. It is also known that Melnik had close relation with Mount Athos because of the many metochs and possessions by the athonite monasteries there, but also of the icons made by athonite paint- ers found in Melnik.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 36-40
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: Bulgarian