DAMIANE'S FRESCOS & ATENI FRESCOS

Jesus Christ. "The Ancient of Days"
The Virgin with Angels. Detail 
Jesus Christ and St. John the Apostle. Detail 
The raising of the Bull by St. George 
A Youth bearing a Branch. Detail 
St. George of Ubisi and St. Dimitri 
The Nativity 
The annunciation 
The Eucharist in the form of the Blood of Christ 
The Saviour. Detail 
St. Georgi before Diocletian 
Christ the Pantocrator 
St.Joseph and a Shepherd. Detail 
The work of the painter Damiane occupies a special place in the history of the development of monumental painting in Georgia, particularly in the first half of the 14th century. His art organically stems from national artistic traditions of ancient Georgia, and along with that is connected with advanced trends in the art of the Palaeologue Byzantium, slavonic countries, especially Serbia, Macedon and ancient Russia.

 The emergence of the new style in the art of the epoch in question, characterized as it was by moderation of religious asceticism, greater freedom and dynamism of composition, a keen interest in space and perspective, is accounted for by a powerful opposition to the mediaeval world outlook. This opposition manifestde itself in different ways but simultaneously in Western Europe and Byzantium, in the Balkans, in Russia and in Georgia. The art of the epoch becomes more realistic by degrees, more emotional and humanistic.

 These new trends found most vivid expression in monumental painting. The circle of traditional themes was considerably expanded, episodes from the lives of local saints coming to feature largely in murals. The canonical iconography was gradually renounced, and faces were represented in a more life-like manner. The proportions of figures become more natural and elegant, thre is often bold and free foreshortening. The architectural background becomes more complex and is shown in deeper perspective; genuine moments of architecture are sometimes depicted; mountains and trees gradually become more realistic. The artist's palette becomes more varied.

 The establishment of a new style of monumental painting in Georgia is eloquently manifested in murals at Ubisi done by the Georgian painter Damiane. The entire second register is filled with scenes from life of St. George to whom the Ubisi church is dedicated. Damiane paints in free and bold brush-strokes laid on confidently and most skifully, which makes his manner originally "impressionistic".

Damiane's work striking the viewer with powerful artistic inspiration, the pathos of imagery and an original manner of painting springs from the traditions of Georgian monumental painting. The painter Damiane is intrinsically connected with the artistic traditions of ancient Georgian monumental painting and he will always remain on the pages of Georgian history as one of the most remarkable figures in Georgian artistic culture.

 The work of this artist originated from the national traditions of Georgian art, is imbued with the national spirit and is characterized by a peculiar Georgian national iconographic approach. The Ubisi painting done by Damiane are of great interest even today and take a prominent place in the history of Georgian mediaeval culture. 

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