St. Cosmas and St. Damian

Type: Icon

Period: The beginning of the 19 century

Author: Christo Dimitrov

Hristo Dimitrov is considered to be the founder of Samokov art school. He is the father of the Dospevski - the most numerous and the most significant iconographic family. He started to master the craft when he was still a child at Mount Athos. Later on Hristo Dimitrov went to Vienna where he continued his studies. He was using Greek and German sources to master the technique of the iconography. The iconographer worked in Macedonia and the west Bulgarian territories. Some of his icons can be found in the metropolitan church in Samokov. Hristo Dimitrov is the father and the teacher of two great iconographers who had even surpassed his skills – Dimiter Hristov Zograph and Zachari Hristov Zograph. The two brothers, together with their relative – Kosta Valyov, made some of the most significant wall-paintings in the Rila monastery.

School: Samokov Iconographic School

Dimmensions (cm): 92 / 66.5


Country: Bulgaria

Province: Sofia

Town: Sofia

Museum: National History Museum


Country: Bulgaria

Province: Lovech

Village: Karlukovo

Monastery: Karlukovo monastery

Object identification notes

The composition, the proportions, the character of the image and the harmony of the coloured spots suggest a master from the Samokov iconographic school.


A traditional approach to the theme. The proportions of the saints' figures are slightly shortened.

Iconographical technique: Tempera

Base material: Wood