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The Ethnology Notebooks. 2022. № 4 (166), 910—917

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  • Candidate of Arts, Associate Professor,
  • Andrey Sheptytskyi National Museum in Lviv,
  • Head of the department of ancient Ukrainian art,
  • 20, Svobody avenue, 79000, Lviv, Ukraine,
  • Contacts: e-mail:

Abstract. The article analyzes a complex of icons of the beginning of the XVII century from the church of St. Paraskeva in the village Malniv (Lviv region). Sights were included in the collections of the Andrey Sheptytskyi National Museum in Lviv and the National Art Museum of Ukraine at different times and in different ways.

They were not considered as one integral row of the iconostasis ensemble until now. For the first time, the history of their acquisition is traced and bibliographic information is provided. These icons are chosen as an eloquent illustration of the main trends in the artistic expression of Ukrainian icons at the turn of the 16th — 17th centuries. Works also serve as an example of changes in iconography in which ancient traditions and new trends coexist. The artistic features of each work are considered in detail, the closest analogies with monuments created at the same time and in the same style are mentioned. The connection of these icons with the painting branch that operated in the city of Sudova Vyshnya in the Lviv region and was one of the most active in Western Ukrainian territories in the 17th century is discussed. Works of Vyshnya masters can also be found in Transcarpathia and Lemko regions. It is proposed to consider icons from Malniv as one of the first complexes of monuments from which it is possible to keep track of the activities of Vyshnia painters. Clarification of their donation (1610—1620 y.) expand the established chronological limits of creativity of this center (1640—1680), which were based on dated works.

Systematization and research of similar complexes of monuments from separate churches and localities lay the foundations for further studies of the Vyshnya painting center that played a prominent role in Western Ukrainian painting of the XVII century.

Keywords: icon, master, painting center, tradition, Malniv.

Received 11.08.2022


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