The Art of Icons. Sacred Paintings from Macedonia: 
11th-19th Centuries

From the 11th to the 13th century, the present-day territory of the Republic of Macedonia belonged to the Byzantine Empire, remaining under the influence of its culture even in the following centuries. And though at the turn o the 14th century, the area was conquered by Turks, Macedonia preserved its religious and cultural identity. That is why, richly decorated with paintings, murals, and icons, imported from Constantinople or Salonika, or made locally, numerous churches and monasteries built between the 11th and 14th centuries have survived to our days. After the World War II, the most precious of these works of art were gathered in especially established institutions; the most important of those are the National Museum in Skopje, and the State Gallery of Icons in Ohrid. In the 1980s, it was decided that a part of the collection will be made available for other countries. This is the very part of the collection, we will have a chance of admiring in Krakow. It contains paintings from the so-called Palaeologan Dynasty Renaissance, that is icons from the school of Michael and Eutychios from the 13th and 14th centuries, and other unsurpassed works of Byzantine art from the period between the 11th and 18th centuries. The Polish translation of the catalogue will accompany the Macedonian exhibition.

 

 

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