The Betrayal in the Church of Saint Nicolas in Prilep, Macedonia, c. 1289 AD


Fig. 34. The Betrayal, Church of Saint Nikolaos in Prilep (Macedonia), c. 1289 AD, photo courtesy Dr. M. Tutko


Fig. 35. The Betrayal, Church of Saint Nikolaos in Prilep (Macedonia), c. 1289 AD, detail, photo courtesy Dr. M. Tutko


Fig. 36. The Betrayal, Church of Saint Nikolaos in Prilep (Macedonia), c. 1289 AD, detail, photo courtesy Dr. M. Tutko
The fresco of the Betrayal in the Cathedral of Saint Nicola in Prilep, dated to about 1289 AD (Fig. 34). The painting illustrates again contemporary soldiers beside the stereotypes of Jesus Christ and Judas. This time, the soldiers are more Balkanic in their appearance, probably copied from the local militia of the Paleologian Age. Arms and weapons are again represented in detail, and conforming to the Gospel, the soldiers also carry lanterns (Figs. 35-36), that, again, are a precious source for the reconstruction of the material culture of the age and, specifically, of the area of origin of the fresco.
Source: The Betrayal: Military Iconography and Archaeology in the Byzantine Paintings of the 11th-15th c. AD Representing the Arrest of Our Lord Raffaele D’Amato


The 'Sleeping Guards at the Sepulchre' in the Church of Saint Nicolaos in Prilep, Macedonia, c. 1289 AD.









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