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Painting (867-1204)

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The Communion of the Apostles
Part of a wall-painting showing the Communion of the Apostles, 1037-1056, Ochrid, church of Agia Sophia.

The Entombent of Christ
Wall-painting showing the Entombment of Christ, 1164, Nerezi, church of Agios Panteleimon.

The Embrace of Elizabeth and the Virgin Mary
Wall-painting depicting the embrace of Elizabeth and the Virgin Mary, 1191, Kurbinovo, church of Agios Georgios.

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The Communion of the Apostles
Ochrid, 1037-1056


The Embrace of Elizabeth and the Virgin Mary
Kurbinovo, 1191

The wall-paintings in the sanctuary conch of the Rotunda (late 9th century) and the church of Ayios Andreas at Peristera (870-880) provide valuable evidence on painting immediately after the Iconoclast controversy, while those in the Panayia Chalkeon (1028) constitute the most important, 11th-century wall-painting ensemble in Greece.

The decoration in Ayia Sophia at Ochrid and in the church of the Panayia at Veliusa is associated with the presence of metropolitans from Constantinople. The wall-paintings in Ayios Panteleimon at Nerezi (1164) represent a turning point in European painting, since they introduce the fuller expression of pain and emotion.

Among the pinnacles of Komnenian art are the wall-paintings in the monastery of Kurbinovo, bearing witness to the direct contact of north-west Macedonia with contemporary artistic currents.


The Entombent of Christ
Nerezi, church of Agios Panteleimon, 1164

See Also
History - Middle Byzantine period (867-1204)
Civilization - Churches (867-1204)
Monasteries (867-1024)
Travelling - Byzantine Thessalonike


Macedonian Heritage
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