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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