Ο τοπικός πολιτισμός της περιοχής των Τζουμέρκων
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The Monastery of Vyliza’s Narthex

The intense linear drawings and sculptural quality on the corpulent faces of the full-length saints along the lower part of the Monastery of Saint George’s narthex in Voulgareli, near Arta, share similar aesthetic principles as the possibly-early-18th-century work of the anonymous painters that worked on the narthex of the Monastery of the Annunciation of the Virgin of Vyliza. The Church of Saint George’s inscription tells us that the murals date back to 27 September 1714 and were painted by the lay reader Apostolos, his son priest Christos as well as the painter Nikolaos from Kalarrytes. The uniformity in the modeling of the whole bodied figures in both Monasteries depicts striking contours, double curved lines above the eyebrows, a broad forehead, large almond-shaped eyes, fleshy cheeks, small lips and acute lobes. Such features document stylistic and chronological connections between the two works and reveal common patterns of a particular painter that was active in the area of Tzoumerka. It’s probable that the murals in the two Monasteries were created in the same decade. Perhaps it was painter Nikolaos from Kalarrytes, who along with Grammostino Eustathios, a little earlier completed the 1700 mural in the Monastery of the Annunciation in the Kipseli settlement of Arta (formely known as Chosepsi). With regards to style, hard contours create rigid and almost frozen forms, which are somewhat enlivened by an emotional tone that dominates in this particular project.

See the murals of the Monastery’s Narthex (1-10) and (11 – 20)