The murals in the Church of St Michael the Archangel at the village of Goranovtsi, Kyustendil district (recent data) Cover Image
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Стенописите на църквата „Св. Архангел Михаил“ край с. Горановци, Кюстендилско (нови данни)
The murals in the Church of St Michael the Archangel at the village of Goranovtsi, Kyustendil district (recent data)

Author(s): Svetozar Angelov
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, History, Archaeology, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Cultural history, Architecture, Visual Arts, Middle Ages, Modern Age, Theology and Religion, Eastern Orthodoxy
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The article gives a comprehensive description of the extant murals. With the collapsed vault, only the murals in the bottom tier have survived. Special attention is accorded to deciphering and identification of the texts on the extant scrolls. Two layers of paint were established and an attempt was made to date those. An interesting element of the decoration of the apse is the inclusion of Archangels Uriel and Raphael in the scene Melismos, as well as using a relatively rare abstract of the Divine Liturgy of St Basil the Great. Some other specific images of the iconographic programme of the church: Joshua (represented as a lord); the martyr St Blaise/Bucolus, holding a calf; St Demetrios, clad in garments of a seignior; a full-length image of St Anne, holding a cross. The publication takes to identify the scene, which has been set in the left niche of the altar. The various decorative elements of the mural decoration at the Church of St Michael the Archangel by the village of Goranovtsi are considered. A possible dating to the late fifteenth or the early sixteenth century is proposed.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 37-44
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Bulgarian