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Le Nouvel Ordre Du Monde Ou L'Image Du Cosmos À Lesnovo

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The last three psalms (Ps. 148, 149 and 150) are amply illustrated on the ceiling and walls of the south bay of the narthex of the church of the Holy Archangels in Lesnovo, founded by Jovan Oliver, powerful nobleman in the service of Serbian Emperor Dusan. The Lesnovo artist pays special attention to the representation of two large light sources, the Sun and the Moon. In Lesnovo, effort is made ​​to design an image of great strength of expression where the heavenly bodies are represented in an explicit way. The illustration of the first verses of Psalm 148 takes the form of a veritable cosmography which anticipates future trends in the post-Byzantine painting. This initiative is primarily in the spiritual value of cosmic patterns of transcendence participating and embody in the regularity of their cycles, the eternal essence of the cosmos and the Being who rules it.

Keywords: Byzantine painting; cosmography; Psalm; Lesnovo



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