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Culture Traditional forms of Art - Professions Wood sculpture Epirus Metsovo
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Wood sculpture of Metsovo
Wood sculpture of Gorgopotamos

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Other parallel works that they carried out, such as the gold leafing of the wood sculptures and their written (drawn) decorations


As we have discussed above, on many occasions they were also personally occupied with the hagiography. On other occasions they co-operated, in addition to the wood cutters who supplied them with timber, with carpenters – jointers as well as with painters – hagiographers, since they undertook to create the hagiography for the iconostases or to illustrate the houses.

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Matters pertaining to the prices for the iconostases and their payment


In relation to the price for the iconostases and the other wood sculptured objects, we should mention that it was in proportion to their size, which was directly dependent upon the size of the church, as well as with their execution technique and the wealth of depictions.

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The proper choice of timber and their tools


Initially, the proper choice of timber had to be made together with its suitable processing. Amongst the different types of timber, the old wood sculptors preferred the walnut timber for their work.More recent wood sculptors have utilized the rombolon, which is a pine tree with a lot of resin that is not invaded by wood worm, the cypress, the chestnut and more recently lime, which is a soft timber for processing.

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The process of timber


They accordingly designed the various decorations either upon the processed surface or on paper. In the latter case they perforated the stencil design with a needle and placed it upon the processed timber surface...

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The completion and the delivery of a iconostasis


The manner in which an iconostasis was delivered with its finish was very beautiful, in a description by Plataris, where old customs were preserved which have now eclipsed. «With the unwrapping and the installation of the iconostasis its delivery was made on the first Sunday.

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Tradition leads their art


In Epirus, the popular art in all its forms together with wood sculpture has preserved its old form. It is certain that the wood sculptors further to the fall of Constantinople have continued the same Byzantine tradition in wood sculpture in relation also to the technical execution, the subject matter as well as the technique more generally.

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The role of the Church on the themes of their art


The role that has been played by the Church has also been significant, in relation to the influences and the art, especially from the West. «LET US NOTE HERE THAT THE EASTERN CHURCH WITH ITS INTENSE ANTI-PAPACY ATTITUDE HAS BEEN VERY MISTRUSTING OF EVERY ELEMENT THAT HAS COME FROM EUROPE...

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The trade development in relation to the influences to their work


With the passage of time and the movement of populations, as well as the development of trade, the cultural exchanges also became inevitable, especially with the West, without however losing the local traditional flavour.

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THE ART OF WOOD SCULPTURE IN THE IOANNINA PREFECTURE


Since Byzantine times there have survived noteworthy samples from the art of wood sculpture that was exercised mainly by folk artisans, the wood sculptors. Exquisite ecclesiastical wood sculptured works have survived to the present day’ these are the compositions of a civilisation that is expressed mainly from inside the ecclesiastical area. Regions that realised an exceptional development and range in the art of wood sculpture through the broader Balkans area, and even further, were Metsovo and Gorgopotamos (formerly Tournovo).

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Under Construction


Under Construction

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