Biblioteca Județeană ASTRA Sibiu / ASTRA County Library of Sibiu
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Mural Painting in Maramureș by Anca Bratu: A Comprehensive Study of Religious Visuality in the 18th and 19th Centuries Northern Transylvania
Highly appreciated by professionals, artists as well as ordinary spectators, mural painting in Maramureș is a captivating chapter of traditional arts in Romania. The wooden churches situated in this geographical area are best known for their peculiar architecture and mural painting. As Anca Bratu highlights in her book, mural painting connects Orthodox traditions with Western European baroque urban influences. The author describes more than two centuries of religious representations in a contact zone where mural painters successfully synthesized the values of the post-byzantine period and western cultural trends such as Baroque and Rococo. Mural Painting in Maramureș is among the most valuable, precise, fine-grained and relevant analyses of the cultural phenomena echoing continuities and discontinuities of religious visuality in the northern part of Transylvania during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Keywords: mural painting, mural painter, iconography, wooden church, post-byzantine tradition, Baroque, Rococo, Maramureș
Bratu, Anca. Pictura murală maramureșeană: meșteri zugravi și interferențe artistice / Mural Painting in Maramureș: Painters and Artistic Interferences, ed. îngrijită și adnotată: Ana Bârcă; foto: Dan Dinescu; cuvânt înainte: Vasile Drăguț. București: Editura ACS, 2015.