1696, Hurezi Monastery
  • © The National Museum of Art of Romania

Made of silk, and embroidered with silver-gilt thread, the epitrachelion (also called "stole"; the most important liturgical vestment worn by priests and bishops during the Holy Mass, shaped as a long scarf, with both ends hanging down onto the priest's chest; in the Eastern rites, the two ends are sewn together) was made in the embroidery workshop of Hurezi, led by Despineta, who came from Constantinople. The composition includes 6 themes: Deisis and the Virgin Mary sitting on the throne, Apostles Peter and Paul standing by the side of the Saints Constantine and Helen, the four Evangelists and the holy soldiers. The last panel portrays Constantin Brâncoveanu and his sons Constantin and Ștefan, and Queen Maria, with sons Radu and Matei. The piece, richly decorated with floral and vegetal motifs, distinguishes itself by its sumptuousness, emphasised by the richness of the silver-gilt and the pearls that stand out against the red silk background. TREASURY item.

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