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Семенова Е. С. Монашеская тема в росписях северной галереи церкви Богородицы Левишки в Призрене // Вестник ПСТГУ. Серия V: Вопросы истории и теории христианского искусства. 2014. Вып. 3 (15). С. 77-95. DOI: 10.15382/sturV201415.77-95
The Cathedral Church of the Holy Virgin Ljeviška in Prizren is the unique monument of the medieval architecture and painting. In 2004, during the exacerbation of the ethnic conflict in Kosovo, the unprotected church was exposed to devastation and fl ames. The interior of the church was severely damaged, the frescoes were covered with soot. The urgent protection measures taken in 2005 saved the paintings of the church. Today we can view the images of the monks in the northern gallery, among them St. Pachomius and the venerable Mary of Egypt. In this article we examine these images in the waste context of the byzantine wall painting. Obviously, we are talking about the existence of the side-chapel in the church of Ljeviška, dedicated to the reverend monks.
church of the Holy Virgin Ljeviška, Prizren, the cathedral church, St. Pachomius, Mary of Egypt, Zosima, monks, entombments

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Семенова Е. С. Цикл Крещения и проповедей Иоанна Предтечи в росписях экзонартекса церкви Богородицы Левишки // Вестник ПСТГУ. Серия V: Вопросы истории и теории христианского искусства. 2015. Вып. 4 (20). С. 125-144. DOI: 10.15382/sturV201520.125-144
On the central vault of the exonarthex of the Holy Vigrin Ljeviška church in Prizren (1307–1313) there is a cycle of Baptism and of John the Precursor’s preachings, that is situated near the composition «The Last Judgement» and near the images of the Old Testament prophets. The cycle consists of six episodes and of a scene «The Baptism of Christ», including the personifications of Sea and river Jordan. Every episode has the inscription commenting the scene, some texts on the the Precursor’s scroll are conservated. One composition, that represents the Savior with a shovel on the barn fl oor, is particulary interesting, it was popular in the Serbian painting of the 14th century. The article briefly traces the history of the formation of the cycle of Baptism and of John the Precursor’s preachings and discuss the topography of the cycle in the church painting. The early cycles of Precursor’s preachings and of Baptism are known in Cappadocia churches in the 8th–11th centuies. We found the scenes of this cycle in byzantine miniatures of 11th–12th centuies. In the 14th century, we found the detailed depiction of this cycle in the mural paintings of the Balkan churches: St. Apostles in Thessaloniki, Žiča, Hilanrar, Dečani, Lesnovo, Matejče and others. Normally, the cycle is depicted in the narthex, where the agiasma (holy water, blessed on the Feast of Baptism) was situated. The emplacement of this cycle on the intersecting vault in the exonarthex of the cathedral church in Prizren is unique and is connected with the composition «The Last Judgement».
Virgin Ljeviška church, Prizren, exonarthex, Baptism, preachings, John the Precursor, Jordan, personifi cation, agiasma.

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