CENEN PRINOS KЪM IZSLEDVANETO NA BALKANSKOTO ZLATARSTVO OT POHATA NA OSMANSKOTO VLADIČESTVO
Ivan Sotirov, Čiprovska zlatarska škola : sredata na XVI – načaloto na XVIII vek Sofiя, 2001.
VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE STUDY OF GOLDSMITHING IN THE BALKANS DURING THE OTTOMAN RULE
Journal 1/2005 (Museum of Applied Art), pages 117-122
In his book (Ivan Sotirov. Chiprovo Goldsmith School. The Middle of the 16th – the Beginning of the 18th Century. S. 2001) the author investigates an important aspect of post-Byzantine culture in the Balkans, the goldsmithing of Chiprovo, which has not been fully and profoundly studied up to now. The text is structured into several parts: introduction, four chapters and a catalogue of works attributed to Chiprovo craftsmen; the catalogue includes 275 pieces, many of which are jewels. I. Sotirov mainly studies the authorship of unsigned and often undated pieces of jewelry by attributing them to a particular prominent master or a workshop at Chiprovo School, thus widening the circle of already known and published works. In his research he puts forward some firm and daring statements in order to define separate workshops and trends within Chiprovo School proper, as well as in Bulgarian goldsmithing at that time; he aims at precise and particularly directed answers to questions on the rise, formation and progress of the School; the career of each prominent master; the development of style and the innovations in Chiprovo craftsmen’s works.
Sotirov’s work is a challenge to students, especially his significant theses that change some assumptions on the development of Bulgarian goldsmithing during the Ottoman rule.
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