St. Arsenius

Type: Icon

Period: The middle of the 14 century

Author: Unknown

School: Unknown

Dimmensions (cm): 80.5 / 53


Country: Bulgaria

Province: Blagoevgrad

Monastery: Rila Monastery

Museum: Rila Monastery National Museum


Country: Bulgaria

Province: Blagoevgrad

Monastery: Rila monastery


Waist-length depiction of St. Arsenius, dressed in the garments of the high clergy. The combination of the bright red halo, the light hair and beard with the warm carnation of the face give a special expressiveness of the colouring. The icon's style and manner are wearing the mark of an archaic tradition typical for some paintings of Western Europe

Iconographical technique: Tempera

Base material: Wood

Linden board

State, restoration traces and comments

The icon had a metal repousse cover. Till 1975 it was covered with rough filler and retouches which are now removed. There is a bulgarian inscription on the two sides of his head, in the background.