1837 – Watercolours by Serbian artists of the ruins of Vasiliou

Saint Basil
In 2015 we entered Mount Athos by boat from Ierissos. We passed the ruins of the small monastery of Saint Basil or Vasiliou. Vasiliou belongs to the Serbian monastery of Chilandariou.
Milutin tower
A couple of hundred meters inland the Milutin tower named after a Serbian king,  dominates the landscape. Beneath it,  the vineyards of the Chilandariou monastery which is, on foot, a half hour away.
Milutin and Vasiliou
Milutin tower and Vasiliou, photo taken from the Ierissis boat, which was shaking wildly because of the rather high waves. The boat brought us to Vatopedi. Later that day we walked to Sografou.Vasiliou, islet, Milutin
The next day, when we walked the path high up the hills from Sografou to Chilandariou, suddenly we had a great view on the ruins and the tower with the islet of Aghios Vasilios in the middle. This beautiful place is an inspiration for painters especially Serbian artists. Here are some examples:

Stevan Arsic 2 Milorad Maravic
Watercolours by Stevan Arsic and Milorad Maravic: Saint Basil’s

Stevan Arsic Vojislav DimitrijevicStevan Arsic and Vojislav Dimitrijevic
V. Dimitrijevic
Vojislav Dimitrijevic: Saint Basil’s
Dragomir Todorovic Branko Babic
Milutin tower by Dragomir Todorovic and Branko Babic
Zdravko Mandic
Zdravko Mandic: The Way
In the catalogue Journey to the Mountain: Aquarelles of the Holy Mountain by 26 Serbian Artists (2006) all the watercolours can be admired.

Herman Voogd

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2 Responses to 1837 – Watercolours by Serbian artists of the ruins of Vasiliou

  1. gerard koolschijn says:

    A nice item, Herman, this interesting combination of reality and art.

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