The Language of the Cross, National Museum of Serbia

A third temporary exhibition for the summer has just opened at the National Museum. Between the fourth and the late eighteenth century, stone, metal, paint and print were used to figure depictions of the cross. This exhibition examines these various uses. It starts with a fourth-century sarcophagus and ends with an early nineteenth-century print, along the way mixing together precious national objects with painted and printed reproductions and super-large photographs. Of especial note are the superb icons as well as several nationally important processional crosses. These include the Nikanor Cross used to lead the Serbs once again out of Kosovo in the sixteenth century and a 1799 exquisitely carved wooden cross from the Cokešina monastery, which was carried by Hadži Ruvin in the 1804 uprising against the Turks. Curated by Nataša Cerović. Until 31st August 2014. See http://www.narodnimuzej.rs

 

Icon of Christ Archpriest, early 17thc

Icon of Christ Archpriest, early 17thc

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Archiepist’s Throne, 1579, Reljina Gadina, Novi Pazar

Votive Cross, 1799, Cokešina Monastery

Votive Cross, 1799, Cokešina Monastery

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