PRESERVATION OF MEDIEVAL MONUMENTS
THE CHURCH OF ST. NICHOLAS IN KINTSVISI
12th-13th cc. Kareli Region. Georgia
About the Site
The frescos of the Church of St. Nicholas in Kintsvisi belong to the13th century, the “Golden Age” of Georgian history, in which the highest level of artistic skill and refinement with a combination of both medieval abstractness and "secular" individuality unique to Georgian art. This can be seen in the superb portraits of Queen Tamar and members of her family, as well as with the traditional Biblical imagery. The frescoes are executed with refined artistry, imbued with a deep feeling of spirituality and show a profound knowledge of theology. They also display an adept use of brilliant, although limited, color and line, most notably the deep blue lapis used throughout the interior. On the ceiling, golden stars in the painted deep blue night sky further enhance the imagery, which offers an elegant, flowing style.
GACC completed 3 stages of the project:
a) Diagnostic study and determination of restoration needs. 1996-1998
Implemented in cooperation with: Conservatione Beni Culturali.(Rome,Italy) and the GACC. Funded by: OSGF, the World Bank/ Italian Trust Fund.
b) Rehabilitation of the architectural structure. 1998-2000
Implemented in cooperation with: the GACC, Fund for Preservation of the Cultural Heritage of Georgia & Conservatione Beni Culturali.
Funded by: OSGF, the Fund for Preservation of the Cultural Heritage of Georgia, the World Bank/ Italian Trust Fund.
c) Emergency treatment of the frescos. 2000-2002
Implemented and funded in cooperation with: the Fund for the Preservation of the Cultural Heritage of Georgia and Conservatione Beni Culturali.
Acknowledgements: In addition to the listed foundations and institutions many professionals from different fields were involved in this project:
Eka Privalova (Georgian State Department for Protection of Monuments), Maka Dvalishvili (GACC), Nana Kuprashvili (Research Center ”Betania”), Mzia Janjalia (Institute of Georgian art history), Marika Didebulidze
(F und for Preservation of the Cultural Heritage of Georgia), Darejan Mgebrishvili (for hydrological analyses), Lado Gurgenidze( Center for research and restoration of old Georgian wall paintings), David Gagoshidze (Center for research and restoration of old Georgian wall paintings), Masha Dneprovskaia (The “Ermitaje” research laboratory), Sabina Vedovello (restorer CBC), Mark Gitins (restorer CBC), Ipollito Massari (for humidity measurements and microclimate evaluation), Vito Meggiolaro(for microbiological and other scientific analyses).