Secular Frescoes

Frescoes representing the family of the owners of the temple are located in the projecting part of the western niche of the temple. To the right from the entrance the parents are depicted, and to the left their three children are shown. The parents are standing under an arch of roses, holding a miniature temple in their hands. Their free hands are raised in prayer. Above the miniature temple, we can see the Christ blessing the temple with his right hand, and blessing the spouse of the owner of the church with his left hand. In the corners of the fresco, below the image of the Christ, the praying Mother of God and John the Forerunner are seen, facing the Christ.

The frescoes representing the owners of the temple give us an idea how people looked in the distant past. It is interesting to see their clothes. The man is wearing a tunic, with a garnet-coloured cloak, draped over it, with a split front and short sleeves. The cloak is lined by fur to protect the man from the cold. The cloak is tightened up on the waist with a belt. From one side of the waist belt a white handkerchief is hanging down, and from the other one a handbag is being seen. The head of the gray-haired father of the family is covered with a scarlet head-dress, of the type, similar to the head-dresses that priests now wear.

The woman is represented wearing the full-length dress of the same colour as the clothes of her husband, but with long sleeves. Her head is covered with a veil. The three children are praying. They are depicted bareheaded, with their arms crossed on their chests. Whereas the parents are shown in dark colours, the children`s images are extremely bright and joyous.This is due to the green branches interlaced with one another, to the white birds that are depicted around the children`s heads. The remaining empty space is occupied by the names of the owner`s deceased children. The painter succeeded in catching a likeliness of all three children, although the images lack the plasticity, that was typical of secular portraits of that time. It`s a temple painting, after all.