Decoration Phase Primary decoration
Decoration Type Painting
Decoration theme Hierarchs, figures of military saints and Communion of the Apostles
Location of decoration South and north wall, south wall of Prothesis
Description of decoration The iconographic decoration is a magnificent specimen of high quality painting of the School of Constantinople, dated to the 12th century. The wall-paintings in the Kosmosoteira are the work of a team of painters brought there, most probably from Constantinople, by its royal founder and express his theological views. The large dimensions and the calm, slow movements of the figures, the 'careless' drawing and the uniform chromatic surfaces render a heavenly world both erudite and serious, as seen through the ascetic ideal. Certain peculiarities in the iconographic programme are more expressive of human dramaticism than an eucharistic disposition. The representation of the Communion of the Apostles on the south wall of the prothesis is an example.
Related Person Isaac Komnenos
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Date of decoration
12century AD
Decoration style Characteristic sample of the iconography of the 12th century School of Constantinople

Decoration technique Fresco
Decoration materials
Condition of Decoration Medium
Digital representation CRDGID:100 - Feres, Church of Kosmosotira (Interior - Central)

CRDGID:101 - Feres, Kosmosoteira (Interior - Left Corner)

CRDGID:135 - Feres, Church of Kosmosotira (Interior - NE view)

CRDGID:194 - Feres, Church of Kosmosotira (Interior - Wall painting 1)

CRDGID:195 - Feres, Church of Kosmosotira (Interior - Wall painting 2)

CRDGID:196 - Feres, Church of Kosmosotira (Interior - Wall painting 3)

CRDGID:197 - Feres, Church of Kosmosotira (Interior - Wall painting 4)

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