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Църквата „Св. Успение Богородично” в Арбанаси – проучване и реставрация на стенописите
The Church of the Assumption in Arbanasi – Study and Restoration of the Murals

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

Summary/Abstract: The article presents the results of the study and restoration of the murals in the naos and narthex of the Church of the Assumption in Arbanasi. A comparison is made between the techniques of painting in these premises and in the chapel of the Holy Trinity. But the study and restoration of the church shed light not only on the technology of building and painting but also on its history. The observations offer a possibility to present a well-grounded thesis regarding the three con- struction periods of the temple. Initially the building covered the present naos and it is possible that there was an outside narthex. This was an building covered by a semicylindrical vault and with two conchs which were within the thickness of the walls. Later, in the 17th c. the narthex was added. Data shows that possibly the height of the church was raised. This might be the reason for the two premises to be painted anew. Finally, in 1704 the chapel was built which can be proved by the joint on the western side of the façade between the old narthex and the narthex of the chapel. In a future restoration of the altar space and the chapel some new evi- dence about the construction history of the temple might be discovered.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 54-57
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: Bulgarian