A “Forgotten” Icon by Zographer Longin from the Treasury of the Dečani Monastery Cover Image

Једно „заборављено“ дело Зографа Лонгина из дечанске ризнице
A “Forgotten” Icon by Zographer Longin from the Treasury of the Dečani Monastery

Author(s): Miljana M. Matić
Subject(s): Cultural history, History of Church(es), Visual Arts, Eastern Orthodoxy
Published by: Српска академија наука и уметности
Keywords: post-Byzantine icon from the 16th century; two-sided icon; zographer Longin; the Dečani Monastery treasury; Saint Sava of Serbia; Saint Barbara; Saint Nicholas

Summary/Abstract: The paper deals with an icon from the monastery of Dečani painted by the zographer Longin. In the older literature, it was not treated with the same attention as other works of this painter, most probably due to the poor state of preservation of its paint layer. Based on new high-resolution images, all the remaining fragments of the painting have been analyzed. This analysis has led to the revision of the previous interpretation, according to which the depicted fi gures were identifi ed as Saint Sava with Saint Simeon and Three Saints. It has been concluded that one side of the icon shows Saint Sava of Serbia and Saint Barbara, while the other features an enthroned Saint Nicholas in full fi gure and half-fi gures of the Holy Virgin and Jesus Christ. Saint Sava is wearing a sakkos with crosses inscribed in circles, while Saint Barbara, in a red cloak, is shown holding in her hand a model of the tower in which she was locked. Saint Nicholas is wearing a sakkos with crosses, whereas the pages of the open Gospel in his hands show the text from the Gospel of Luke (6, 17). It is with great probability that the work can be classifi ed among Longin’s calendar (Menologion) icons for December–January. The surviving calendar icons painted by the zographer Longin also include another two icons from Dečani (for March–April and September) and one from the church of Saint Nicholas in Nikoljac (for September). The whole group of icons are dated to ca. 1596.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 7
  • Page Range: 105-118
  • Page Count: 28
  • Language: Serbian