St. Methodius and St. Cyril

Type: Icon

Period: 1894 year

Author: Dimiter Sirleshtov

Dimiter Sirleshtov - born in 1838 in Bansko. He studies iconography with Simeon Molerov as a teacher. Later on he becomes a student of Mihalko Golev and starts practicing wood-carving and house constructing. In the period 1890-1898 he paints the church “St. Virgin” in Boboshevo. Together with his apprentice Kostadin Popov he paints another church in Boboshevo – “St. Elijah” He paints the churches of the following villages of Kyustendil Province: Dragodan, Buranovo, Tzarkvishte and Palatovo. He makes decorative wall paintings in some private homes. Despite his long experience as iconographer he has never reached the level of his teachers. One can see the lack of vivid coloring in his works. Dimitar Sirleshtov uses in his works, one particular erminia, translated by himself in Bulgarian. He dies in 1913 in Bansko.

School: Bansko Iconographic School

Dimmensions (cm): 109 / 81.5 / 3


Country: Bulgaria

Province: Blagoevgrad

Town: Bansko

Church: St. Trinity


Country: Bulgaria

Province: Blagoevgrad

Town: Bansko


A traditional iconographic approach to the theme. The two Bulgarian saints are depicted in full stature in bishops' garments and with mitres on their heads.

Iconographical technique: Tempera

Tempera The gilding on the saints' halos is made of sheet gold. The lacquering is thin, almost worn out to the layer of painting.

Base material: Wood

Three softwood boards fasten with two keys inserted in grooves cut into the back of each panel. Plaster ground applied in a thin layer.

State, restoration traces and comments

Much of the painting around the roll with the alphabet is eroded.