Oana Iacubovschi, The Old Testament Prophets and their Message in the Dome of Saint George’s Church in Suceava

Oana Iacubovschi - Institut d’Études Sud-Est Européennes, Bucarest
p. 71-90
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St. George’s Church – Suceava; 16th century mural painting; iconography of the dome; Old Testament prophets

The dome of the former Metropolitan Church of Suceava, dedicated to St. George, preserves one of the most ample depictions of Old Testament prophets in Moldavian mural painting of the15th and 16th centuries. The extent of the prophets’ cycle is comparable to versions found in several Serbian mural ensembles dating back to late 14th and beginning of the 15thcentury, but the Moldavian version remains a unique case because of its content. The purpose of the study is to examine the selection of figures, paying attention to the written passages inscribed on their scrolls, the contiguity of which turns them into a “commentary”of particular significance in the overall iconographic context of the dome.