Paintings of the Dark Church

 
9789757199502: Paintings of the Dark Church

The decoration of the Dark Church shows that the master painter has first divided the vertical surface into two sections by a thick brownish band between narrower white stripes which encircle the whole interior. After this he surrounded each piece of the field in the same way and probably decided the registers for each large-scale saint figure, martyr or prophet. The surviving examples both in Cappadocia and other regions of the empire show that military saints had become very popular during the Middle Byzantine period. In order not to confuse the register reserved for each saint he might have scribbled the saint's name or initials on the surface of the plaster.

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SERACETTIN SAHIN, HALIS YENIPINAR.
Published by A Turizm Yayinlari, Istanbul (2005)
ISBN 10: 9757199508 ISBN 13: 9789757199502
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Book Description A Turizm Yayinlari, Istanbul, 2005. Dust jacket. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Original bdg. Dust wrapper. 4to. (31 x 23 cm). In English. 111 p., 75 color ills. "After an introduction of the historical background of the Christian art in Cappadocia the book deals with the architecture and paintings of the Karanlik Kilise, popularly known as the Dark Church, situated in the Göreme valley. The church and its paintings date from mid-tenth century. These wall paintings are known as the best-surviving examples of the late Byzantine art. In addition to the description of all of the major wall paintings in Karanlik Kilise, the Byzantine painting tradition of the period has also been dealt with. The consistency of its repertoire, style and colours indicate that the decoration of the Dark Church was done at a single phase of painting and immediately after it was excavated. Although there is no document surviving about the way that the Cappadocian rock-churches were decorated, the Middle Byzantine literature is rich enough to construct the general progress of the work. The paintings of the Dark Church were applied on a dry plaster of lime mixed with tufa and sand and with chopped straw as a binder. The only areas where this technique (secco or dry fresco) was replaced by the fresco technique were the heads of the figures of Christ, the Virgin and St John the Baptist in the main apse.". Bookseller Inventory # 030217

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YENIPINAR, HALIS - SERACETTIN SAHIN
Published by Istanbul: A Turizm Yayinlari, 2005., Istanbul: (2005)
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Book Description Istanbul: A Turizm Yayinlari, 2005., Istanbul:, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. YENIPINAR, HALIS - SERACETTIN SAHIN Paintings of the Dark Church. Istanbul: A Turizm Yayinlari, 2005. 4to., 111 p., 75 color ills. Original binding. Dust wrapper. New ISBN: 9789757199502 CATALOG: Archaeology KEYWORDS: Cappadocia Church Archaeology Christianity History of art After an introduction of the historical background of the Christian art in Cappadocia the book deals with the architecture and paintings of the Karanlik Kilise, popularly known as the Dark Church, situated in the Goreme valley. The church and its paintings date from mid-tenth century. These wall paintings are known as the best-surviving examples of the late Byzantine art. In addition to the description of all of the major wall paintings in Karanlik Kilise, the Byzantine painting tradition of the period has also been dealt with. The consistency of its repertoire, style and colours indicate that the decoration of the Dark Church was done at a single phase of painting and immediately after it was excavated. Although there is no document surviving about the way that the Cappadocian rock-churches were decorated, the Middle Byzantine literature is rich enough to construct the general progress of the work. The paintings of the Dark Church were applied on a dry plaster of lime mixed with tufa and sand and with chopped straw as a binder. The only areas where this technique (secco or dry fresco) was replaced by the fresco technique were the heads of the figures of Christ, the Virgin and St John the Baptist in the main apse. Bookseller Inventory # 41395

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