Romanian flavour to September exhibition

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Derby Cathedral’s September exhibition, entitled Icons from Romania, is now on display in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge in the Cathedral Centre until Monday, September 30 (Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm).

The Bishop of Repton, The Rt Revd Humphrey Southern, received the icons at a special service in the Cathedral.

The artists behind the exhibition are a husband and wife team, Condrea and Camelia Toma, from Rasnov near Brasov, the capital of Transylvania. Camelia works within the Orthodox tradition of sacred images of saints and Biblical events, her husband has a more innovative personal style but also paints religious subjects.

They both have a national reputation in Romania as church restorers and icon painters, where they have worked together for 25 years.

The cathedral’s exhibitions officer, Geoff Robson, said: “The exhibition will include three examples of the fresco technique which the artists use when decorating the interior walls of churches as well as works in tempera, oils and ceramic.

“They have painted an icon of Derby’s patron saint, St Alkmund, to leave with the Cathedral as a personal gift. “

“It will be accompanied by an icon of three other martyrs, Rafael, Nicolae and Irina, Greeks put to death by the Ottoman Turks in 1463 and revered locally in Romania, particularly as a result of the recent cure of a child whose family visited their shrine on the island of Lesbos.”