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Changes in the phenomenon of icon-painting in Romania from the second half of the nineteenth century to the present day

Abstract: ´╗┐The thesis aims to prove, on the one hand that the second half of the nineteenthcentury was the period of maximum deviation from the traditional Romanian style oficon-painting and, on the other hand, that the process following the RomanianOrthodox Church's Synod of 1889, in spite of the proclaimed return to a pureByzantine style, actually has involved the coexistence of at least two main styles ofpainting: Eastern Mannerist of Byzantine lineage and Western Mannerist ofRenaissance persuasion. In addition to this, a mixture of various elements, even in thepainting of the same building, is also present, reaching sometimes the point of kitsch.As steps towards this end, my thesis discusses the way in which the tradition ofthe Orthodox Church regarding icon and wall-painting manifested itself throughoutRomanian history, with special emphasis on the period from the second half of thenineteenth century to the present day. I investigate whether or not, and how theRomanian modern icons (still) fit into the Byzantine conception of an icon.The thesis presents the same tradition regarding the requirements of theprofession of an iconographer, how they were fulfilled in the past and how they aresatisfied today in Romania, in both a monastic and a secular milieu. Traditionally, inaddition to their skills and artistic training, it is essential that iconographers should bedeep believers, have a solid theological training, and live a very pure life. In Chapter 6I present the answers of 27 Romanian contemporary iconographers to a 17 itemquestionnaire regarding the way in which they are trained and keep the canonical rulestoday, the techniques they use in painting and their own attitude towards their work.

Type of Award:Dphil Level of Award:Doctoral Awarding Institution: University of Oxford Notes:The digital copy of this thesis has been made available thanks to the generosity of Dr Leonard Polonsky

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Author: Ene D-Vasilescu, Elena - institutionUniversity of Oxford facultyHumanities Division facultyFaculty of Theology oxfordCollegeRegen

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