".....have  no  castles   from  our  past,  but  churches  and  monasteries   have  been  sown  all  over. 
The  churches  and monasteries  were  like  personal  homes   to  everyone - rulers  and  shepherds, 
literate  and  illiterates,  heroes and commoners...."


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The misfortunes and hardships that plagued the monastery in the 17th and 18th centuries obliged the monks to seek assistance from wealthy patrons, the Romanian voivodas (princes) and Russian tsars. From 1663 on they had permission from Tsar Alexius to come to Russia once very five years to collect contributions towards the monastery upkeep. This permit is preserved in Studenica's treasury.
In the mid 18th century, Timisoara (Romania) was an important Orthodox cultural centre. When the monks decided to replace the old damaged triptych from the time of the founder, they sent in to a Timisoara workshop. In 1750 a new triptych was made there of wood and ornamented with the figures of saints, enamel, silver figurines, and bone and mother -of-pearl inlay.
The Timisoara artists introduced the style of Russian religious objects into this work, but among the saints they painted St Simeon Nemanja, on the inner side of one wing, and assigned the most important place on the central panel to the Virgin's Dormition, the main feast of Studenica monastery.

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Triptych made in Timisoara, Romaina, 1750


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Cross of Abbot Martirije, wood with silver mount, early 18th century, Studenica treasury.
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