Possible representations of comets in Serbian religiosus medieval art

Stojić, Igor and Dimitrijević, Milan and Bon, Edi and Mijatović, Vesna (2016) Possible representations of comets in Serbian religiosus medieval art. European Journal of Science and Theology, 12 (3). pp. 181-188. ISSN 1841-0464; 1842-8517 (online)

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There are a number of motifs in medieval art that indicate the astronomical origin. In Serbian medieval art representations of the Sun and the Moon on the fresco the Crucifixion from the monastery Visoki Deĉani is certainly the most considered motif. Representation of these two celestial bodies are a part of the dogmatic solution of the composition of the Crucifixion, but what particularly single out them is a special way, namely the form in which they are presented. In both cases painted celestial bodies are presented so, that they are in movement by the addition to the existing „teardrop‟ envelope radiating elements that strongly emphasize the movement. Just their shape suggests the explanation of the artist‟s idea during the work on this fresco, as well as whether he had as model for such an approach contemporary astronomical phenomena. The paper discusses the assumption that the artist found inspiration in similar presentations in the church Bogorodica Ljeviška in Prizren, which was painted between 1308 and 1314 at the time when as the motivation for such representation could serve the appearance of Halley‟s comet in 1307

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: astronomy, culture, archaeoastronomy, comets, frescos
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
N Fine Arts > ND Painting
Q Science > QB Astronomy
Depositing User: Slavica Merenik
Date Deposited: 16 May 2022 11:13
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2023 14:25
URI: http://rih.iib.ac.rs/id/eprint/548

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