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Picu Pătruț. Europe’s last great miniaturist

13th September- 2nd december, Oaspeți Hall

The National Romanian Peasant Museum

This year, on September 13, on the eve of the Feast Day Of the Holy Cross, the National Romanian Peasant Museum will play host to a document-exhibition devoted to the works of Picu’s Pătruț (1812-1872), a genuine ”visual odyssey”, the only one its kind in the thesaurus of our Romanian art, which saw the light of day in a Transylvanian traditional village (Săliștea Sibiului) in the solitude of a life lived in faith, isolation and simplicity.

The exhibition traces in the steps of the life and works of Picu Pătruț, starting the from age 19, when he composed his first book and drew his first miniatures, continuing with the 1848-1852 period when he worked as an ecclesiarch (cârsnic) at the old village church but also at the school in Săliște, and also the 1862-1872 period when he was appointed hermit at Cheia Hermitage (in Vâlcea) without becoming a monk.

Commonly known as the “peasant-monk”, the “peasant-artist” or “Anton Pann of Ardeal”, Picu Pătruț has proved his skilfulness through his works, that he has a steady hand and a deep insight of colours. 
Evidence of this can be found in the several dozen manuscripts left for posterity.

The museum owns 21 of the manuscripts and also the pattern of the historiated initial letters carved in wood by Picu Pătruț. In addition to these another 8 manuscripts borrowed from the National Library of Romania, the Library of Romanian Academy and Stavropoleos Monastery will be on display throughout the entire exhibition. 

The manuscripts, as well as other categories of peasant items originating from the area included in the exhibition (peasant outfits, traditional furniture, ceramics, icons painted on wood or glass and various fabrics), will complete the picture of life in a nineteenth-century Transylvanian village, where Picu Pătruț lived and worked, a time that also corresponds to the great wave of nationalism sweeping across Romanians in Transylvania. 

Preţ bilet: 6 lei - adulţi / 1,5 lei - elevi, studenţi, posesori de Card Euro 26 / 3 lei – pensionari

Coordonator: dr. Georgeta Roşu.

Eveniment realizat cu sprijinul: Intact Media Group, Clubul Țăranului.

Parteneri: Star Storage, LiderPrint, Cocor Media Channel, Cărturești, Teatrul Național de Operetă „Ion Dacian”, Administrația Monumentelor și Patrimoniului Turistic, Primăria Municipiului București, Institutul Național al Patrimoniului - CIMEC, Biblioteca Naţională a României, Biblioteca Academiei Române, Muzeul Parohial din Sălişte, Episcopia Argeşului şi Muscelului, Mănăstirea Antim, Arhivele Naţionale Sibiu, Arhiva Naţională de Filme, Societatea Română de Televiziune.

Susţinătorii Muzeului în acest proiect: Episcopia Tulcei, Mănăstirea Stavropoleos, Muzeul Judeţean Ialomiţa, Colecţia particulară Mihai Picu Petruţiu din Braşov, Preot Vasile Grăjdian și preot Sorin Dobre de Facultatea de Teologie a Universităţii „Lucian Blaga” din Sibiu; Constantin Păun.

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