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I am by no stretch of the imagination an expert on Orthodox wall paintings but by dint of reading, asking and looking over ten years I have garnered a small amount of knowledge on the subject.To really understand the subject one would need to dedicate one's life to their study, as have many scholars - and it is to these brave souls that I am indebted for these, my own, poor explanations.

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Dating ariane medieval painting

Most dating by experts is done by comparing and contrasting iconography and painting styles from church to church. Giorgios) is usually depicted riding a white horse and Ag. In later centuries manuals were written down and woe betide the painter who tried to buck tradition as the iconography had to stay.

It is a fascinatingly pedantic form of study and I have to admit reading some texts is an immensely arid experience concerning the ways in which the folds of clothing are depicted. The costumes worn by the military and lay characters can sometimes give some indication of the period in which they were painted.

There is also a continuum in Orthodox Church painting which means that iconography has remained fairly constant, if not completely static, for centuries. For instance the soldiers in the magnificent but alas fast fading depiction of the Arrest of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane in the 13th century church of Trissakia (Tsopakas, Lakonia) are depicted in distinctly Frankish or Crusader military garb.

Also mentioned are members of their family and sometimes the local papas at the time.

The painters' names, if they are extant, will normally be in smaller writing and at the bottom of these homilies. Iannis Prodromos, Milia 1706 (painter - Christodolous Kalliergis of Mykonos) and Ag.

It must be remembered that many painters, and their patrons, will have been illiterate. Anagyroi, Kipoula 1265 (painter Nikolaos of Retziza) - an extremely rare Byzantine example., only two Byzantine period Mani churches have painters names (Ag. Michael's Polemitas) and there are surprisingly few later examples.

At least with most post Byzantine dates they are usually in a format westerners can understand - whereas the earlier Byzantine dating system is radically different to the modern*.

After a while one gets a feel for these things and can become almost blas√©, 'Aaah Yes…circa 1760, if I'm very much not mistaken…'.

What can be assured is that, amongst all the areas of Greece, Mani is particularly rich in churches and many of them are painted, so no-one will go short of chances to get as knowingly pedantic as yrs truly!

In some churches, usually post-Byzantine examples, one will find an inscription on the walls.

These are generally formulaic and refer, with short prayers for their long life and well being, to the Patrons or Sponsors of the building, restoration or painting of the church.

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