14 Oct 2020

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

DSC_1845                The bilingual monograph Roads of Balkan Icon-Painters was launched on 13 October, Prof. Marin Drinov Hall, BAS.
The book contains records of 29 churches and their murals in Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Albania.
This edition was made possible thanks to the good synergy between two financial instruments of the Ministry of Education and Science: Bulgarian National Science Fund and the Cultural and Historical Heritage, National Memory and Social Development National Science Program’, Prof. Bisserka Penkova, leader of the project, underscored. 

Corr. mem., Prof. Ivanka Gergova presented the monograph, stressing that it fills in the blanks in the research on church monuments and facilitates their treatment in a certain context. She went on to say that the book provides an accurate picture of the fundamentals of the medieval art within Bulgarian lands.
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The mural ensembles were 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.

 DSC_1829                The project was implemented u 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 Svetlana Pejić (Serbia), Viktorija Popovska-Korobar (North Macedonia) and Ioannis Sisiou (Greece).
ms of painters. o the good synergy between two financial instruments of the Ministry of Education and Science: Bulgarian National Science Fund and the Cultural and Historical Heritage, National Memory and Social Development National Science Program’, Prof. Bisserka Penkova, leader of the project, underscored.