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Culture Traditional forms of Art - Professions Wood sculpture Epirus Metsovo
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Wood sculpture of Metsovo
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14/11/2006
The guilds


The guilds or the associations developed in the area of present day Greece mainly during the Turkish occupation. From the 16th century onwards the wood sculpture art also developed specifically in the Epirus area.

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Their journeys in relation to the art renaissance of Greece


Like the stone masons, the wood sculptors were «ITINERANT ARTISTS AND TOGETHER WITH THE TOOLS OF THEIR ART THEY CARRIED EVERYWHERE THE SAME TECHNIQUES AND THE SAME DECORATIVE AND AESTHETIC RULES.

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Their organisation


They constituted groups or teams with few members, who were known as gangs or companies and were itinerant craftsmen. Their organization was different with the characteristics more akin to a family enterprise

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The guilds or companies of wood sculptors


In relation to the number of members that constituted the companies of the taliadoroi we have been accordingly informed: «Another almost fantastic size, whose story contains fairytale elements, where Ioannis or Stephanos from Krousovo, with his crew that numbered more than 70 apprentices, carved in 1831 the iconostasis at the church of Aghios Nikolaos at Krousovo»...

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The work and living conditions


The working conditions for the wood sculptors were certainly not good. From the cutting of the suitable timber, its transportation, its time consuming and laborious preparation and processing, as well as their journeys and the compulsory migration, we can imagine how difficult their life must have been.

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Their Social Position


In relation to their social status, especially for the master craftsmen, we may assert with authority that they were given respect by all, even by the Turks, since they were careful with their work, conscientious and good professionals...

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Myths and traditions that have developed around the name of certain wood sculptors and their art


On many occasions certain «myths» also developed around the life of the renowned master taliadoroi. These are mainly concerned with their passion for the work, their excellent knowledge, their talent and their artistry.

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Matters pertaining to the works, the designs and the agreements that they signed


Usually the master craftsman, who was the eldest, drew and guarded the designs, applied the «finishing touches» to the work and negotiated the agreements for the assumption of the job.

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The agreements


We refer as an example to the agreement that was signed in the year 1659 between the curates at the church of Phaneromeni in Zakynthos and the Cretan wood sculptor Manios Manganiaris, in which we observe the remittance of 1/3 of the consideration for the iconostasis as a deposit...

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Other parallel works that they carried out


The wood sculptors, in addition to the construction of iconostases and other ecclesiastical objects and wood sculptured decorations for residences were also occupied with other relevant tasks, especially during the difficult economic periods.Carpentry work and even plastering, as it appears from agreements that they signed, were some of their occupations.

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