“Spending on feasting and wine is better than hoarding our substance…”


THE KNIGHT IN THE PANTHER’S SKIN

The arts and artistry.

Throughout the centuries, travelers, missionaries, conquerors, and merchants who traveled the Silk Road all contributed to the cultivation of artistic expression in Georgia. And Georgia’s artistic identity evolved from predominantly sacred to more secular over time.

Medieval Georgians are regarded as some of the best creators of Orthodox religious art—as the early development and display of religious art, iconography, and architecture in Georgia were sponsored by the Eastern Orthodox and Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Churches.

Georgian artisans also developed their craft in jewelry making, ceramics, metal engraving, armory, and art made of organic materials like wood and bones—for religious and secular expressions alike.

Between the 12th and 19th centuries, Georgian artists increasingly drew influence from the painting, architecture and handcrafts of the Persian upper class—as during that period, many Georgian aristocrats were born or raised in Iran and brought the Persian aesthetic to which they’d grown accustomed back home to Georgia.

From about the 17th century onward, the arts in Georgia have been influenced by Russia and Europe. But since Georgia became independent again in 1991, its community of artists has reaffirmed its own unique identity.

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