|Mary with the Young Jesus,|
Church Archangel, Bachkovo Monastery, Zahari Zograf
Frescoes at the Rila Monastery, south of Sofia
|Zahari Zograf, Self-portrait|
|St. Theodore Stratilates, 4th-Century AD. The icon dates from about 900 AD. A comparison shows the difference between how the icon looks after and before its latest restoration with the addition of the newly found fragments.|
The painting of icons has a long history in this region. The icon of St. Theodore Stratilates (above), is the oldest known Bulgarian-made icon. It dates from around 900 AD. It is seen here after its recent restoration, with the addition of newly discovered fragments from the saint’s shoulder, beard, and face, as well as the side inscriptions. Seen above, the icon was known for about 100 years (since its discovery in the early 20th century), before the adding of the newly found fragments. St. Theodore Stratilates was a 3rd-Century saint from Anatolia (today located in Turkey). He died a martyr’s death in the ancient city of Heraclea Pontica in 319 AD as a defender of the Christian faith during the reign of Roman Emperor Licinius I in the early years of the 4th-Century AD.
|Frescoes at the Rila Monastery, Zahari Zograf|
|Frescoes at the Rila Monastery (detail)|
| Instructional panel frescoes at the Rila Monastery--|
saints and Bible stories.
|Fresco Tondos at the Rila Monastery|
|Zahari Zograf on 100 Bulgarian |
lev (BGN) worth $59.34