The Dialogue of the Sinner with Holy Virgin Cover Image
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Диалогът на грешника с Богородица
The Dialogue of the Sinner with Holy Virgin

Author(s): Ivanka Gergova
Subject(s): Cultural history
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: In 1849 in the outer narthex of the church at the Kurilo monastery near Sofia a small cycle of three scenes which present a dialogue of the sinner with the Holy Virgin Queen has been painted. The im- ages have no analogue at least at this stage of the research. According to the stylistic analysis author of the paintings in this premise of the church was Yanachko Stanimirov from the village of Breze. The text of the dialogue, written on the scrolls which the sinner and the Holy Virgin hold, were discovered in a book, published by Nikolay Karastoyanov in Kragujevac in 1834. The book contained along with other texts also this one „The Conversation of the Sinner with the Holy Virgin about the Alphabet”. If we are to judge the pagination which is according to the Greek alphabet this dialogue was a translation from the Greek language. The text is in its essence moralizing. The sinner pleads to the Holy Virgin to put up a plea before her Son, hoping the Holy Virgin will be benevolent since he is honoring her. The mother of Jesus first refused by stating that this is impossible but following long admonitions to the sinner accepted to intercede for him.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 11-14
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: Bulgarian