Vrzinо kolo (Loop) - а Motif in Stоnе Саrvings а! Studеniса Моnаstery. From Metaphor to Model Cover Image

Врзино коло - мотив студеничке пластике. Од метафоре ка моделу
Vrzinо kolo (Loop) - а Motif in Stоnе Саrvings а! Studеniса Моnаstery. From Metaphor to Model

Author(s): Janko Maglovski
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Vizantološki institut SANU

Summary/Abstract: The considerations presented in this article are inspired by some patterns noticed in stone carvings on the south portal of the Theotokos church at Studenica monastery. The author points out the twofold approach in examining Serbian medieval sculpture - descriptive and iconological. Concerning the descriptive method claims not every detail has been observed and presented in references on the subjects under discussion. In the iconological approach attempts have been made to decode the meanings of sculptures, referring to the literary heritage of the considered epoch or in general Christian writings (cf. notes 1 and 2). The author underlines the poetic images of Christian literary works, especially those formulated in the old-Slavonic (old-Serbian) language, as a permanent inspiration for subtle iconological research on usually ignored iconographical details. For example: Kiss of Judas - the wolf in sheep's clothing, Poisonous pasture, Tumult of sinfulness, Tabula rasa, etc. (cf. note 3). Important iconographical details of this kind have been relegated to the background and passed over in silence. As a matter of fact, these small details do appear as participating in the development of a certain complex visual expression. To this group may also belong the vrzino kolo (loop), the subject of this communication.

  • Issue Year: 1998
  • Issue No: 37
  • Page Range: 55-74
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Serbian