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March 31, 2023

Testimonies. Arges Monastery frescoes exhibition at MNAR

The National Museum of Art of Romania (MNAR) opened an event-exhibition organized by the Old Romanian Art Section on Thursday. Assigned to painter Dobromir of Targoviste and his crew who finished the painting in 1526, the frescoes were revealed in 1882, amid the restoration of the church coordinated by French architect Andre Lecomte du Nouy during 1875-1887.The 32 mural painting fragments have been restored as the result of the laborious work of many experts for the past 20 years. Visitors will therefore have the opportunity to rediscover nearly half a millennium after its making a previous treasure of old Romanian art, a testimony to the artistic taste that ruled the development of the medieval painting in Wallachia.Among the masterpieces on display, the votive portrait of Neagoe Basarab and his family, the portrait of Mircea The Old, Princess Roxanda, the Deisis series (The Virgin Mary, Jesus, Great emperor and Hierarch, John the Baptist), Archangel Mihail, as well as an impressing gallery of military saints. Alongside the frescoes, on display other heritage works including the caftan  of Neagoe Basarab, the silver shrine reproducing the church architecture, 19th century graphic works or photographs from the 1866 album the Curtea de Arges Diocese by  Carol Popp de Szathmari.The multimedia products integrated into the exhibition make communication and public reception easier of the conclusions of the research of fresco fragments from the Arges Monastery. A film will be projected as part of the exhibition of the restoration process and virtual 3D reenactment of the fresco fragments part of the monumental ensemble before their  resurfacing .A touchscreen with an interactive application allows access to the drawings and sketches made by painter Gheorghe Tattarescu at Curtea de Arges in 1860, joined in the National Album which copies the votive paintings in the church’s interior and the exterior image of the monument before restoration. The exhibition benefits from a special scenography inspired by the image of the legendary Arges Monastery as an endless construction site under a process of continuous transformation..The exhibition will be open through May 26, 2013 and can be visited Wednesday through Sunday (10.00 am – 6.00 pm until April 30, and 11.00 am- 7.00 pm from May 1 through May 26).

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