19 facts about Zograf Longin

By Gwylym Owen

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Zograf Longin is considered the most significant Serbian icon painter of the 16th century. He was plus a translator and writer. He was first a layman and progressive a monk in the monasteries of Peć and Sopoćani. His workplace was the monastery Visoki Dečani where he worked from 1566 to 1598. His icons and frescoes in the monasteries of Peć, Visoki Dečani, Piva Monastery, Velika Hoča, Lovnica, and the village churches Crkolez and Sveti Nikola at Bijelo Polje are preserved.

Zograf Longin’s moderate style is strongly operating to lyrical role models. His characters are serious, drawn out and follow styles of Serbian painting of the 14th century.

His icons total the “Saint Sava and Simeon” at National Museum of Serbia, the “Stefan Uroš IV Dečanski” in the Visoki Dečani Monastery, and the “Our Lady subsequent to Christ” in the Lovnica Monastery, his most famous icon. The icon is painted on a gold ground with a harmonious other of colors in green, blue, cinnabar, red and ocher. This icon was presented in the expose of compositions of Serbian masters of the Baroque as well as Paja Jovanović in the Serbian Pavilion at the World Exhibition in Paris 1900.

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