1361 – Theophanes the Cretan

monk konstamonitou

The fragment of wall-painting bears the head of an unidentified saint, probably a monk.  It is the only section of wall-painting saved from the decoration in the Refectory of the Konstamonitou Monastery on Mount Athos, which burnt down in the second half of the 16th century. The high quality of the painting on the fragment, the iconographic and stylistic similarities with corresponding representations in other Athonite monasteries, and above all the comparison with saints from wall-paintings in Stavronikita Monastery, also on Athos, have led scholars to link this wall-painting with the great Cretan mural and icon painter Theophanes Strelitza Bathas, who worked at Meteora and Athos in the 16th century. The fragment is in The Byzantine and Christian Museum, which is based in Athens.

Afbeelding 15

The monastery of Konstamonitou seen from the path that leads to Karyes.

Afbeelding 12

The courtyard of Konstamonitou where the old refectory with the fresco of Theophanes used to be.


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