ICONOSTASIS OF THE HILANDER MONASTERY DORMITORY IN KAREJA

           

Work on the reconstruction, conservation and restoration of the iconostasis in 2007

The iconostasis in the chapel is dedicated to the Annunciation, and is the work of a Russian icon painter and woodcarver from the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. Made as a low altar partition, in the throne area are icons representing the beheading of John the Baptist, the Virgin and Child, and the Annunciation of Jesus Christ, the feasts panels contain icons representing The Descent of the Holy Spirit, the Ascension of Christ and the Baptism of Christ. The side gates present the Madonna with Christ and the Archangel Michael, while on the Holy Doors are painted the four Evangelists and the Annunciation.
The iconostasis was not in a useable condition. Its parts were scattered in many places, from the treasury of the monastery dormitory to the wood shed. The plated and gilded carved elements had been repeatedly painted over with oil paint, with the last layer a dark brown. The emphasis of the conservation work was to remove all oil emulsion from the original gilt carvings, as well as revealing the original marbling. The next phase included the reconstruction of missing parts of the carving and restoring damaged gilding. The icons were preserved and restored, and special attention was paid to the icon of Saint John, which was the most damaged. The iconostasis was installed in the chapel in the monastery dormitory in Kareja, after being fitted with a new support structure. The works were financed by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia.
The work was performed by the following team of conservators: Siniša Zeković, Rastko Čurčić, Miroslav Nonin, Miroslav Zakić, Zoran Barišić, Miloš Vujaklija, Miloš Radaković, Dejan Radaković, Goran Radaković, Dušan Zelić, Milan Dejanović, Goran Bolić, Zoran Vapa – Director.