Supraiconostasic Crucifix

Type: Plastic iconographical object: Cross

Period: 1866 year

Author: Dimiter Molerov

Dimiter T. Molerov, born in 1780 in Bansko, son of Toma Vishanov the Moler. One of the best-known painters, a representative of the Bansko school of art, a disciple of his father, influenced by the art of Athos. Author of the murals of the naos in the St Archangels' paraclete in the Rila monastery, the murals in the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin in the Pchelino dependance. In 1840 and 1841 together with his son Simeon Molerov he paints the murals and the sponsors' portraits in St. Nicholas' and St. John of Rila's paracletes in the principal church in the Rila monastery. Among D. Molerov's major achievements in iconography are the following icons: St. Nicholas (1816) from St. Archangel Michael's church in the village of Leshko, Christ All-triumphant with Angels and Cherubim (1833), The Nativity and a Crucifixion from St Elijah the Prophet's church in the village of Usenovo. He has also worked in Belgrade on an invitation by Prince Milosh Obrenovich of Serbia. He died in 1870 in Bansko.

School: Bansko Iconographic School

Dimmensions (cm): 82 / 62 / 3


Country: Bulgaria

Province: Blagoevgrad

Village: Gostun

Church: St. Prophet Elijah


Country: Bulgaria

Province: Blagoevgrad

Village: Gostun

Church: St. Prophet Elijah

Object identification notes

Dimiter Molerov (?)


Painted in the center, against a dark background and on a black cross, is the crucified Christ. Situated at the cross's ends are the four Evangelists: up above - St. Evangelist on the left-hand side - St. Evangelist Mark, down bolow - St. Evangelist Luke, and on the right-hand side - Saint Evangelist John.

Iconographical technique: Carving

A distemper painting.

Base material: Wood

The cross is wood-carved along its ends and mounted additionally on it have been eleven little wood-carved flowerets.

State, restoration traces and comments

There are no traces of any previous restorative intervention.