16 facts about Amvrosije Janković

By Gwylym Owen

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Ambrozije or Amvrosije Janković (born in the region of 1730 in Sečuj, a village in Hungary) was a Serbian painter-iconographer.

He was educated at Szentendre in the Seminary of Bishop Vasilije Dimitrijević (1728-1748) of the Eparchy of Buda and after that went to investigation art at the atelier of Jov Vasilijevič in Sremski Karlovci.

In 1760 he became a monk and granted in the Rakovac Monastery, located in Srem, where he wrote that he was an player and icon painter and that in 1760 he expected 6 ducats in prize maintenance for his work. He researcher his art below the protection of Baroque painter Jov Vasiljevič who was the court painter of Patriarch Arsenije IV Jovanović Šakabenta.In the church in Kamenica he painted in 1760, the Annunciation, Christ and the Mother of God, the Coronation of the Mother of God, and the Hymn of the Mother of God: O Tebje Raduljetsja. Afterward, he worked at Vukovar and Rakovica Monastery, his most important work.

It is known that in late 1771 he started painting in the dining room of the Vrdnik Monastery upon the theme of the Battle of Kosovo, which he painted and the end in 1776 after beyond four years of work. It is one of the most fascinating works of the last of monk-painters, of this new style.

Stylistically Ambrozije Janković’s frescoes have both the elements of medieval and Baroque painting, giving him an honored place in the pedigree of great Serbian artists Jakov Orfelin, Zaharije Orfelin, Teodor Kračun, Teodor Ilić Češljar and further academy-educated painters of that time.

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