CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION OF CHRIST IN A NEW MOVEMENT! Dialog and restoration of 23 icons in progress! /PHOTO/

The leader of this project is Dragan Tomanović, senior painter-restorer of the National Museum of Užice, and painters Vladimir Milovanović, Milena Stefanović, Dragan Ristić, associate Andrej Tomanović and art historian Dragiša Milosavljević are participating.

23 icons from the second half of the 19th century were used, and their authors are Dimitrije Posniković and Milija Marković. In the middle of the last century, some conservation was done, but only copying was done there, and there is no signature on who did it. The current condition of these icons is very bad, there is a lot of soot, paraffin, probably from candles, damage and the like, so we have a big job ahead of us. The Republic Institute for the Protection of Monuments from Belgrade is also involved in this project with a physical and chemical analysis – says Dragan Tomanović.

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Conservation and restoration of these icons is a project of the National Museum in Uzice called “Research and painting, conservation and restoration works on icons from the iconostasis of the Church of the Ascension of Christ in Rogacica, (municipality of Bajina Basta)” funded by the Ministry of Culture and Information of Serbia. The project was approved by the Institute for the Protection of Monuments in Kraljevo, which is with its expert team in the supervision of the entire project. In front of the Institute for the Protection of Monuments in Kraljevo, there is a painter, restorer, advisor Dušan Jovanović and art historian Čedomir Bačkulja.

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The content of the program includes conservation, protection of icons, their presentation as well as processing of technical and photo documentation. Completion is scheduled for the end of this year. The project is of exceptional cultural significance, and it is especially important to emphasize that the protection and respect of icons from the middle of the 19th century represents a great contribution to the preservation of the cultural heritage of the Užice region, but also of the whole of Serbia. – added the project manager.

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