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Romania’s National Art Museum to host meeting with medieval art restorers on October 19

Romania’s National Art Museum (MNAR) will host on Wednesday a meeting with medieval art restorers, intended to get the public familiar with the “secrets” of preserving wooden panel paintings from that period.

Camelia Comsia and Marta Klus, experts in the restoration of Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons, will brief the public on this fascinating subject using the concrete example of the items on display in the exhibition “Beyond the Legend. Neagoe Basarab”, which is open at the National Gallery of Old Romanian Art between December 1, 2021 and December 31, 2022.

The exhibition presents voivode Neagoe Basarab’s essential contribution to Romanian culture as the founder of the Curtea de Arges Monastery and commissioner of many religious works of art, as author of the “Teachings of Neagoe Basarab to his Son Theodosie” and inspiration for the legend of master builder Manole.

Set in a spectacular scenography that evokes the Arges Monastery, in the ambience of the original frescoes preserved at the MNAR, the exhibition showcases highly valuable period icons, the perfect setting for poetry performances with the legend of Master Manole.

The Old Romanian Art Gallery is the most complete and complex monographic presentation of art from the Romanian Countries from the 14th century to the first half of the 19th century, the MNAR website informs.

On display are about 900 icons, fresco fragments, embroideries, manuscripts, prints, silverware, ornaments, wood and stone carvings, as well as ceramic objects, many of them unique. Coming from Moldova, the Principality of Romania and Transylvania, they illustrate the way how the Byzantine traditional background merges with Western or Eastern influences, giving rise to original artistic forms.

The items come from the historical collections organized after the Union of the Principalities, from the resources of interwar museums such as Al. Saint Georges and Anastasie and Elena Simu, as well as from the partial restitution in 1956 of the Romanian Treasure. They were later joined by notable pieces from archaeological discoveries, but also by fragments recovered from the Cotroceni and Vacaresti monasteries in Bucharest, which were pulled down during the 1977 – 1986 demolition campaign.

Secular and religious artefacts made of precious metals are grouped in a Treasure section, while an important part of the stone carving heritage is exhibited in the Lapidarium of the Art Collections Museum.

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