Photographer's Note

“Lamentation of Christ” in the church of St.Pantelejmon in the village of Nerezi near Skopje is one of the most important Byzantine artworks. The church was built and painted in 1164. Even though it is considered that the renaissance in the art began with Giotto, this fresco proves that it began long before within the Byzantine art. On this fresco Virgin Mary was for the first time presented as a mother over her dead son and not as a saint. Notice her strongly curved eyebrows, the way she has bitten her lower lip, the way she has embraced her son and all the pain that comes out from her face.
The artwork in St.Pantelejmon church breaks all the strict rules that existed in the Byzantine painting.
The development of the renaissance within the Byzantine art can be observed through the frescoes of three churches in Macedonia: St.Pantelejmon in Nerezi (1164), St.George in Kurbinovo (1191) and St.Bogorodica Perivlepta in Ohrid (1295) where one can see full renaissance with the exception of scientific perspective.

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Additional Photos by Bojan Stankovski (Bojan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 135 W: 6 N: 188] (1630)
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