Wall Paintings from the Late 15th Century in the Monastery Church of St. Paraskevy — Brajčino Cover Image

Zidno slikarstvo s kraja XV veka u manastirskoj crkvi Svete Petke kod Brajčina
Wall Paintings from the Late 15th Century in the Monastery Church of St. Paraskevy — Brajčino

Author(s): Viktorija Popovska-Korobar
Subject(s): Cultural history
Published by: Vizantološki institut SANU
Keywords: wall paintings; monastery church; St. Paraskevy;

Summary/Abstract: The Monastery of St. Paraskevy is located above the village Braj~ino, on the east shore of Lake Prespa in the Republic of Macedonia. In accordance with the incomplete donor’s inscription this one aisle church with a pitched roof was built and decorated at the same time. Reparations came around 1800, when rebuilding was done on the longitudinal walls and the narthex (without fresco decoration). The fresco paintings from the 15th century are preserved on the west facade, and on the east and west wall of the naos. The decorative program in the interior was common for the small type monastery churches without narthex. From the old edifice, on the corner of the outside southwest wall visible are remains of figures, a monk and a man in laymen’s attire facing eastward. The iconographic program of the west facade is interesting for the scenes which encompass the patrons niche: a reduced Last Judgment (Royal Deesis, Hell and Paradise, where the monk Pahomios above the gate is depicted in prayer) and the equestrian figures of St. George and St. Mena. A parallel for the rare iconography of St. Mena with the tamed beasts is found in an unpublished icon, which most probably was painted in the last quarter of the 15th century, and is kept presently on the iconostasis of the church of Panagia tou Apostolaki in Kastoria.

  • Issue Year: 2007
  • Issue No: 44
  • Page Range: 549-567
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: Serbian