In June of 2018, the BLAGO team went to Arilje, where the collection of the St Achillius church was created. The church of St. Achillius, Bishop of Larissa, Greece, a staunch opponent of the Arian heresy and a participant of the First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, located in a small city of Arilje, western Serbia, was the destination of BLAGO expedition in June of 2018. It is a foundation of the king Dragutin Nemanjic, built in the Raska style, and a masterpiece of the Serbian medieval fresco painting.
Members of the team: Gordana Kelic, Ivana Ignjatovic, Ljubomir Medenica, Zoran Jovanovic, Vladimir Acimovic, Nenad Vukicevic, and also guest photographers Prof Vladimir Peric, and Milica Peric.
In March of 2018, the BLAGO team went to Mileseva. The last collection from the monastery was from the year 2000 and the refresh was required. Members of the small team: Gordana, Jelena, Meda, Zoran, and Nenad. Besides being cold, this trip was as always memorable.
A GIGA panoramic VR has been added to Studenica collection. This represents the most accurate and detailed up to date recording of the Studenica's main church, the Presentation of the Holy Virgin.
The complete collection of Monastery Studenica is available on the BLAGO website. More then three thousand pictures represent the work of BLAGO over the last few years.
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Monastery Studenica collection was further enhanced in the spring of 2015. Additional material was added to the main church (Presentation of the Holy Virgin), King's church (Joachim and Anna Church), as well as aerial video of the monastery complex.
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In June of 2008, BLAGO Fund went to Kosovo & Metohija to record and archive some smaller churches and monasteries. Radmilo Bozinovic, the author of this story, was with BLAGO for the first time. Beside being part of the crew for the archiving work, this is also Radmilo's personal pilgrimage to an area regarded as a cradle of Serbian identity and heritage, with many hundreds of churches and monasteries from medieval period of Serbian state.
The Blago Fund Team donated slides and DVDs on Serbian monasteries to the Princeton and Harvard Universities. Slides and DVDs were created by Blago field team during their years of extensive work in Monastery Mileseva, August 2000, 195 slides; Monastery Studenica, Monastery Gracanica, June 2003, 98 slides; Monastery Decani, June 2004, 21 slides; Monastery Sopocani, August 2005, 53 slides; Monastery Ravanica, 173 scanned pictures.
WASHINGTON DC - BELGRADE - DECANI - June 2008 - The BLAGO Fund completed another field trip to Kosovo and Metohija and continued to archive Serbian heritage. This time the focus was on smaller and remote churches, mostly dating back to the 13th century. The churches in Lipljan, Vaganis, Temenik, and St. Nicholas and St. John the Forerunner in Velika Hoca were completely archived, with virtual reality and photographs of fresco paintings. The BLAGO team is thankful to the sisterhoods and brotherhoods of Monasteries Gradac, Sokolica, Gracanica, and Decani for their warm hospitality. They also deeply grateful for the blessing of Bishop Artemije, and the logistic and other support received from the Diocesan staff.
Visit our showcase gallery of the trip at http://www.srpskoblago.org/showcase/.
WASHINGTON DC - June 2008 - BLAGO Fund donated six hundred 35 mm slides from monasteries Ravanica, Mileseva, Studenica, Gracanica, Decani, and Sopocani to the Index of Christian Art of Princeton University. Acompanied with slides were two DVDs (BLAGO Contribution 1 & 2) with scanned images of the slide collection. The gift was received by Director of the Index, Colum Hourihane. BLAGO Fund is enthusiastic about the prospect of a long-term working relationship with this preeminent institution is the domain of Christian art, and is grateful for the financial support received from Princeton University.
Index of Christian Art can be found at http://ica.princeton.edu/.
WASHINGTON DC - BELGRADE - June 2008 - The BLAGO fund made available for public viewing the archives of the Church of the Holy Apostles from the Patriarchate of Pec monastery complex. The archive was created during BLAGO's summer 2007 field trip. The Church of the Holy Apostles was built by the Serbian Archbishop Arsenije in the 13th century and illuminated around 1250; shortly thereafter, the seat of the Serbian Church was also transferred to Pec.
The archive can be seen at http://www.srpskoblago.org/Archives/Pec/.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - BELGRADE - May 6, 2008 - The BLAGO Fund released the archive from the church of St. Demetrios in the Patriarchate of Pec. The collection of 958 detailed fresco photographs, along with four virtual reality movies, is available on our web site as part of the Treasure collection. The Church of St Demetrios was built around 1320 by Archbishop Nikodim and was archived by the BLAGO team in the summer of 2007.
The archive can be found at http://www.srpskoblago.org/Archives/Pec/ .
WASHINGTON, D.C. - BELGRADE - January 8, 2008 - The BLAGO Fund increased the accessibility of Serbian historical and artistic treasures today with the release of a new collection of photographs and media. As the first release from the BLAGO field expedition of July 2007 to the Patriarchate of Pec monastery complex, the full media from the church of St. Nicholas is available today on the BLAGO Fund web site. The collection consists of 253 detailed fresco photographs, as well as two virtual reality movies.
The small Church of St Nicholas was founded by Archbishop Danilo II around year 1320. The original frescoes have not survived. The second painting of the church, commissioned by patriarch Makarije in 1673, is represented in the BLAGO archive. The frescoes were created by Radul, the most famous Serbian painter of the late 17th century. The founders' composition on the south wall showing St Nicholas taking Patriarch Makarije to Jesus Christ. Notable portraits of the Serbian saints Simon Nemanja and Sava, as well as archbishops Arsenije I and Danilo I are present on the north wall. These frescoes, as well as others, can be accessed for study in great detail through the BLAGO Fund web site.
The archive can be found at http://www.srpskoblago.org/Archives/Pec/ .
Washington - The Director of Programs for the Serbian Unity Congress Ivana Cerovic visited Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection and met with Mrs. Smiljka Soretic, Curator for Image Collections and Fieldworks Archives.
The Blago Fund Team of the Serbian Unity Congress donated three DVDs on Serbian monasteries that were created by its field team during their years of extensive work in Kosovo and Metohija.
БЕОГРАД (Тањуг) - Фонд ''Благо'', Конгреса српског уједињења из Америке представио је данас део материјала снимљеног у манастиру Високи Дечани у Метохији, који ће ускоро бити презентован на ЦД-у и сајту.
На конференцији у Министарству за дијаспору речено је да ће посетиоци сајта www.srpskoblago.org моћи да ''виртуелно прошетају'' манастиром и виде све детаље, уз објашњење на српском и енглеском језику и сазнају све податке о настанку и историји манастира. Чланови Фонда ''Благо'' боравили су током јула у манастиру, где су најсавременијом техником направили око 4.000 висококвалитетних фотографија фресака, архитектуре и живота монаха који опстају у непријатељском окружењу, уз обезбеђење међународне полиције.
БЕОГРАД, 5. августа 2005. (Бета) - Стручњаци фонда "Благо" Конгреса српског уједињења из САД, који од 1998. године дигитално снимају православне цркве у Србији ради њихове промоције у свету, представили су у петак у Београду снимке манастира Дечани.
Екипа Фонда је током јула најсавременијом техником направила око 4.000 снимака овог манастира на Косову - његове архитектуре, фресака и монашког живота - а целокупни материјал ће, највероватније од новембра, бити постављен на сајту www.srpskoblago.org.