Through the elegant testimonies of the Byzantine and Ottoman past, the magnificent fortifications and impressive iconostases
in ancient churches speaking of the Christian presence dating back to apostolic times, North Macedonia reflects the depth and richness of its millennia-long culture, said Pope Francis in his address before the state leadership and diplomatic corps at Vila Vodno, Nova Makedonija reports.
Images of Faith, Hope and Beauty: Iconostases
Exhibit at Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Education Centre, 29 November to 19 January, at 184 Alexander Avenue East, Winnipeg.
Its masters made numerous iconostases
in Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia and even Russia.
The wooden iconostases
found inside the church are decorated with impressive carvings and are magnificent pieces of art.
One official typified this approach: he interpreted all manifestations of long-term contacts between Catholics and Orthodox (for example, the use of iconostases
in Catholic churches) as signs of cunning Catholic mimicry, designed to make proselytes of the Orthodox population (252).
Perhaps he even wanted to restore the Byzantine rite in all its beauty, with stunning churches, gold plated icon and iconostases
, beautiful hymns and the liturgy sung in the vernacular, very much like the Eastern Church.
The room will showcase icons related to iconostases
(or altar screen decorated with icons) in the museum collection, including a mid-1500s "Festival Row" deesis, a large scale "Mother of God," circa mid-1600s, a masterpiece "Not Made By Hands," circa mid-1500s, which would have capped the crest of an iconostasis wall, and a number of significant, new, folding iconostases
used by priests visiting ill parishioners in outlying regions, distant from churches and in need of spiritual succor.
It has been suggested, above all by virtue of the large dimensions of the surviving post-Byzantine icons representing this subject, that they were most probably placed within iconostases
. (22) In 1077 the historian Attaleiates, writing about the church of Christ Panoiktirmonos at Constantinople, mentions that in the middle of its iconostasis (templon) were the Deesis and scenes from the life of the Forerunner, (23) showing that icons representing the Baptist and scenes from his life--formed part of its decoration.