7 Oct 2020

The wealth of Balkan church murals of the Byzantine period collected in a bilingual monograph


In its new book, Roads of Balkan Icon-Painters, the Institute of Art Studies, BAS, provides a treasure trove of Balkan church murals of the Byzantine period. The book launch is to be held on 13 October at 5:00 p.m., Prof. Marin Drinov Hall, BAS. The edition contains records of 29 churches and their murals in Bulgaria, Greece, Northern Macedonia, Serbia, and Albania.
The mural ensembles have been selected purposefully as they form several groups, each of which outlines a certain direction in the dynamic interplay of arts in our lands with the major art hubs in the Balkans, between the last two decades and a half of fifteenth until the turn of the seventeenth century. The chapters highlight the correlation with other Bulgarian monuments by drawing parallels and giving examples that, in their turn, provide an opportunity to trace the transfer of art influences along some of the roads of the teams of painters.
The book came out in April during the lockdown. The project was implemented under the Cultural and Historical Heritage, National Memory and Social Development National Science Program, funded by the Ministry of Education and Science by a team of the Institute e of Art Studies, BAS, led by Prof. Bisserka Penkova and team members: Assoc. Prof. Margarita Kuyumdzhieva, Assoc. Prof. Ivan Vanev, Asst. Prof. Tsveta Kuneva, Asst. Prof. Maya Zaharieva, Asst. Prof. Maria Kolusheva, and Asst. Prof. Tsvetan Vasilev from the University of Sofia, aided by foreign consultants.
The bilingual monograph seeks to promote these monuments both in this country and abroad and as a result, to attract attention to their exploration and conservation that would boost the integration processes in the Balkan research and cultural space.
The book is available at http://artstudies.bg/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/%D0%9F%D1%8A%D1%82%D0%B8%D1%89%D0%B0-%D0%BD%D0%B0-%D0%B1%D0%B0%D0%BB%D0%BA%D0%B0%D0%BD%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%B8%D1%82%D0%B5-%D0%B7%D0%BE%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%B0%D1%84%D0%B8_.pdf