PAVILION OF ICONS

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The post-byzantine pavilion of icons was established in 1999, in collaboration with the Institute of Monuments of Culture. In the environments of this pavilion are exhibited appropriately 70 post-byzantine icons, a proskynetarion, beautiful doors and an iconostasis. The objects include a period of time dating from the 16th century and continue until the beginning of the 19th century, known as the period of post-byzantine art. In the pavilion exist icons of iconographers: Onufri,Cypriot Onufri, David Selenica, Kostandin Shpataraku, Constantin Jeromoni, Joan Athanasi, Zografi brothers, Çetiri brothers, anonymous and Mihal Anagnosti.

The pavilion of post-byzantine icons at the National Historical Museum is separated into two parts. In the first part are treated the post-byzantine icons, while in the second part, the ecclesiastical liturgical objects made of gold and silver. In the 16th – 17th centuries, post-byzantine art in Albania had a brilliant period. It may be called the century of Onufri. An icon of Onuphrios is exposed in the pavilion of post-byzantine icons at the National Historical Museum: “The Entrance of Saint Mary in the Temple”. Onuphrios is considered the founder of the atelier of Berat. The atelier was also participated by two of his followers, Nikola Onuphrios (son) and Onuphrios the Cyprus. Some of the iconographers who performed their activity during the 18th century were Constantin Shpataraku, Constantin Jeromeak, Joan Athanas, Çetiri brothers, Zografi brothers and David Selenica.

In the pavilion are exposed icons of many anonymous painters of the 17th – 18th century. The last iconographer that confines this brilliant period of post-byzantine art in Albania is Mihal Anagnosti. In the pavilion of post-byzantine icons in the National Historic Museum there exist many liturgical objects such as crosses, icons covers, gospel coverage, etc. They are objects made of gold and silver. Native goldsmiths have crafted them. From the inscriptions carved on them is verified that they belong to the 17th – 18th century.

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