An Unknown Hagiographical Icon of St Panteleimon from the Church of St Nicholas in Vidin Cover Image
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Непозната житийна икона на св. Пантелеймон от църквата „Св. Николай“ във Видин
An Unknown Hagiographical Icon of St Panteleimon from the Church of St Nicholas in Vidin

Author(s): Maya Zaharieva
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, History, Archaeology, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Cultural history, Theology and Religion
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The paper deals with an unpublished for the time being hagiographical icon of St Panteleimon from the Metropolitan Church of St Nicholas in Vidin. Such hagiographical icons are a rarity in Bulgarian art, which begs a number of questions. The paper identifies the separate compositions, using for a comparative analysis the just a few extant hagiographical cycles and texts dedicated to the saint healer. The examples refer to a broad historical context, not pretending to be comprehensive, but allowing for tracing the development of certain subjects and the interpretations of the latter by the icon-painters. The icon-painter of the Vidin icon was familiar with the hagiographical text he followed and had interpreted it skilfully. The icon contains both a number of archaising elements, which occur very rarely in the extant hagiographical cycles and new compositions, representing interesting details. The iconographic and stylistic specifics of the partially preserved painting set a staring point for dating it chronologically: probably to the first half of the 18th century.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 293-311
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: English, Bulgarian