“Mitropolit Iacov Putneanul” Publishing House
Treasury of Putna Monastery. Embroideries and Fabrics
from the book
Byzantium after Byzantium
The masters who worked in the Putna workshop perfectly mastered the secrets of embroidery and were able to produce original pieces. The tomb cover of Maria Asanina Palaiologina, the consort of Stephen the Great, is a unique piece in the whole post-Byzantine world. Decorated with Byzantine monograms and symbols, it is a lively expression of what was Moldavia during the time of Stephen the Great: a "Byzantium after Byzantium”.
The embroidery collection of Putna Monastery
Putna Monastery owns one of the most precious Byzantine type embroidery collections in South-Eastern Europe. Its value has been acknowledged worldwide by numerous scientific studies and international exhibitions. Some of the items are classified as part of the Romanian national cultural heritage.
The embroidery workshop at Putna Monastery
The embroidery workshop at Putna Monastery was the most important one during the reign of Stephen the Great1 and indeed in the whole history of Romanian mediaeval art. Its value and importance are given mainly by the fact that Putna is the only monastery which developed a recognisable embroidery style of its own2. This and the significant number of surviving items make Putna collection unique in the world.