The frescoes shown below, reproduced on Romanian stamps, come from monasteries situated in the North of Romania, in a beautiful region named Bucovina. Point the mouse to the images for more information.
For historical reasons, this region is shared between two countries, Romania and Ukraine. This page displays frescoes from monasteries located in Romania. You can see on the above stamps on the left a church named Arbore and two monasteries, Humor and Voronet.
The monastery Sucevita (read Suchevitza) shown below, on the right, was built between 1581-1601. It displays apostles, evangelists, philosophers, martyrs, angels and devils, presenting a vision that astonishes the specialists and the visitors alike.
About on the left I show one one the most beautiful Orthodox churches from Europe, Voronet (read Voronetz), named also the "Sixtine of the East". The dominant color of the frescoes is blue, the so called Blue of Voronet, that triggers the admiration of all visitors and art lovers. The monastery was a donation of the Prince Stefan the Great, from the year 1488.
The stamps and sheets displayed show frescoes from the monasteries Voronet, Moldovita, Arbore and Sucevita.
Showing a variety of subjects and painted in wonderful colors, these monasteries attract a lot of visitors from the whole world year after year.
Background: Ion Andreescu, Trees in Blossom, 1880?, The National Art Museum of Romania, Bucharest.