Icons from over 20 settlements in the Dobrich region form the RIM-Dobrich collection (VIDEO)

The collection of Renaissance icons of RIM-Dobrich is one of the richest in the country. It includes more than 220 icons, which are outstanding examples of pictorial art. 96 of them are exhibited in the “Icons” hall of the Art Gallery in Dobrich, and they are mainly from the 19th century, but among them there are also those from the 18th century, editor Plamen Nikolov says for the “Dobrudja” media group. The oldest icon in the collection is from the last quarter of the 18th century and is from the church in the village of Bulgarevo, Kavarna municipality. The icons were collected over the years, and the historian Vyara Panayotova, who is no longer alive, played an important role in the formation of the collection. They were collected from the temples in over 20 settlements in the Dobrich region.
In the hall you can see icons from the old iconostasis of the Holy Trinity Church in our city. In 1919, all the Revival icons were placed in the bell tower of the church, where they remained until the return of Southern Dobrudja to Bulgaria, after which they were briefly returned to the church, but due to the fact that they had been depreciated, it was decided to make new ones, and the old ones they return to the bell tower again, says Plamen Nikolov. Those of them, which are currently on display, are the work of the prominent representative of the Trevna school of painting – Zaharia Tsanyuv.
In addition to the Trevna school of painting, other artists are represented in the “Icons” hall of the Art Gallery in Dobrich, such as Nedko Todorov from Zheravna, who in his work allowed himself to apply a rare skill as an icon painter, namely to depict two saints in one icon – wars. He is also one of the first icon painters who, after the middle of the 19th century, began to sign his icons. Until then, it was believed that the icon painter moved his hand at God’s command.
Both Jerusalems are of interest – panels with different biblical scenes. They are called so because they were bought as souvenirs by pilgrims to the Holy Sepulcher, they were very expensive at the time. They are said to have cost as much as building a fountain.
In addition to examples of Renaissance art, the icons are carriers of historical information. This is done through the so-called founder inscriptions or the inscriptions that inform who paid for their creation, because this was an expensive service at the time. Usually these are furriers or other guilds. In this way, we get information about what crafts flourished in Hadjioglu Pazardzhik, as well as about the city’s trade and economy. Last but not least, they are proof of the awakening of the Bulgarian spirit at that time, adds Plamen Nikolov.

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