Telovani, Murals of the Church of Holy Cross. Second Layer
|Building:||Telovani, Church of Holy Cross|
|Layer of the Murals:||Second Layer|
of the Donor(s)
of the Painter(s)
The second layer of the painting embellished certain parts of the interior. Its fragments have survived on the sub-dome pilasters, the east wall of the north arm and the south wall of the west arm.
South and north pilasters of the chancel bema, as well as the south-east corner pilaster of the west arm had frontal figures of holy warriors. Only their fragments have survived. St. George killing Diocletian was depicted on the north-east corner pilaster of the west arm: due to dislocation of the plaster only a fragment has survived: the lower part of the saint’s frontal figure and a small figure of Diocletian depicted at the warrior’s feet can be observed.
The north apse on the eastern wall probably had a big-size figure (preserved fragmentarily); it was bordered by a thick, two-sided ornament.
Fragments of a stylized floral ornament can be identified on the northern corner of the east wall of the bema of the same apse, while a line of circles with eight-petal rosettes and simple cruciform twisted pattern inscribed in them embellished the outer, southern face of the bema.
An image of a donor, a bearded man, probably a clergyman, can fragmentarily be observed on the left area of a large composition bordered on four sides on the south wall of the west arm.
Tat’jana Shevjakova, “Data rospisi pervogo sloja khrama Telovani” [“Date of the First Layer of Paintings in the Telovani Church”], Sak’art’velos metsnierebat’a akademiis moambe [Bulletin of the Georgian Academy of Sciences] XXXI, №1 (1964): 235–42.
Tat’jana Shevjakova, Monumental’naja zhivopis’ rannego srednevekov’ja Gruzii [Monumental Painting of the Early Medieval Georgia] (Tbilisi, 1983), 6–7.
Zaza Skhirtladze, Adreuli shua saukuneebis kart’uli kedlis mkhatvroba. T’elovanis jvarpatiosani [Early Medieval Georgian Monumental Painting. Telovani Church of the Holy Cross] (Tbilisi, 2008).