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The expressive arrangement of the representation and the unusual number of four instead of two angels points to the individual conception of this gifted painter.
Entering the churches is always a surprising experience as their interior is exuberantly ornamented. Barbara’s Church is richly decorated with a painting that covers all the walls including the chancel.Unfortunately, with the economic breakdown of Georgia after the fall of the Soviet Union, these treasures were endangered due to a lack of financial means to properly care for them.The restoration project brought together European and Georgian enthusiasts and specialists to organize support for Svaneti and its treasures.Starting in 1997, fourteen Svan churches with their wall-paintings and icons were restored and documented with the help of Horizon.The programme brought work for Georgian specialists who would otherwise lack for an occupation in their field due to the absence of economic funds for restoration in the country.The ‘treasury of Georgian art’, as Svaneti is often called, is a unique cultural landscape.
Situated in the mountains of the Greater Caucasus, it has preserved the eldest forms of living and a tremendous richness of Christian art.
The first important restoration and research programme for Svaneti was accomplished within ten years.
The project had the support of the Georgian Orthodox Church, the Georgian Monumental Protection as well as the local population.
Since in the 9th century churches were built in all villages.
They were richly decorated with wall-paintings and supplied with painted and chased icons and crosses by local workshops.
Tevdore’s first painting in Svaneti dating from 1096 is nearby: the wall-painting in the Church of the Archangels in Iprari, in the same village community, was restored together with the Lagurka painting.