24 facts about Georgije Mitrofanović

By Gwylym Owen

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Georgije Mitrofanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Георгије Митрофановић; c. 1550–c. 1630) was a Serbian Orthodox monk and painter, remembered best for his work on the Morača monastery church and the frescoes (wall paintings) inside the Krupa monastery church. Mitrofanović, a monk, had trained at the Hilandar monastery workshop, situated on Mount Athos, before coming to Montenegro where he worked upon frescoes in the Morača monastery. He had many pupils and associates, but his most famous follower was Zograf Jovan. His contemporary was Zograf Longin.

Serbian Patriarch Pajsije initiated the restoration of the obsolete 13th- and 14th-century churches of the Patriarchal Monastery of Peć in 1620. Its restoration marked the symbolic arrival of the renaissance of authenticated artistic protest in the territories subordinate to prikazes of the Serbian Patriarchate of Peć. All the domes of the churches were covered behind lead, the Church of St. Demetrius was virtually rebuilt, and on half of the frescoes were restored by Mitrofanović, giving them a additional layer. The major allocation of the into the future 17th-century frescoes in the church is found in the altar and in the publicize between the cupola. Retaining the antiquated subjects and respecting the preceding compositional solutions, Mitrofanović tended to approach the artistic attitude of master painter John’s from the 14th century retaining at the same time his own warmer coloring.

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