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Zica Monastery (Serbia)

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==Fresco Painting ==
Initial layer of Zica fresco painting was done in 1220'swith some work extending to 1234, planned by St. [[Sava of Serbia|Sava]]. According to the written records, St. [[Sava of Serbia|Sava]] brought artists for this work "from Constantinople"<ref>Teodosije, Life of St. Sava, (Belgrade: Danicic Publishing, 1860), 141.</ref>, further details about them are not known. In style, modest iconography and rigid style are followed. St. [[Sava of Serbia|Sava]] signature design of expressing important ideas by monumental figures, typically in pairs is clearhave been used. Good examples are paired frescoes of [[Media:StProcopiusStArtemiusZica.jpg|St.Procopius and St.Artemius]] as well as [[Media:StStephenStDemetriosZica.jpg|St.Stephen and St.Demetrios]], where figures dominate with height of 2.6 meters. From remaining fragments we can conclude that there have been two major themes: Childhood and Passion. Most important remaining fresco from this period is [[Media:TheCrucifixionZica.jpg|The Crucifixion]].
After fire damage at the end of 13th century great part of the original fresco layer have been lost. During 14th century new fresco layer have been added. Though these have been done in a new, [[Palaeologuian]] style effort to conserve remaining old work and reconstruct lost content is clear<ref>M. Kasanin, The Monastery of Zica, (Belgrade: Knjizevne Novine, 1969)</ref>. Most significant frescoes from this period are likely pair of apostles: [[Apostle Peter]] with church over his head symbolizing establishment of the Church of Christ on Earth with Peter as its head and [[Apostle Paul]] with the book on his head symbolizing his leading role in Christian teaching.
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