Medieval Wall Paintings in Transylvanian Orthodox Churches and their Donors

January 11, 2012 - 15:30 - 17:30
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Gellner Room
Event type: 
Doctoral Defense
Event audience: 
Open to the Public
Elena Dana Prioteasa
Department of Medieval Studies

Doctoral Dissertation Abstract

Medieval Wall Paintings in Transylvanian Orthodox Churches and Their Donors


The churches that belonged to the Orthodox Romanians occupy a special place among the numerous painted churches that have been preserved in the territory of medieval Hungary. Their decoration surprises the viewer with the use of both Byzantine and Western styles, and with a number of iconographic peculiarities. The paintings reflect interactions between the Romanian (Vlach) knezes and the Hungarian authority, the Orthodox and the Catholics, as well as the Byzantine and Western painting traditions. Deciphering their message may contribute to a clearer portrait of their donors, local Romanian leaders about whom historical sources are scarce.

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