The National Museum of Art of Romania



The Lapidarium at the Art Collections Museum focuses on architectural elements which originally decorated monuments demolished at the end of the 19th century and during the 1970s - 1980s campaigns. Tomb stones, votive inscriptions, door and window frames, columns and capitals illustrate the craftsmanship of stoneworkers active in Wallachia during in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. As commissioning clergymen and princes obeyed the Orthodox rule “don’t make yourself a graven image” sculpture in the round was nonexistent, and craftsmen were limited in their choice of decorative patterns.

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