the Art of Simonida Perica Uth
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Simonida received her MA in Monumental Byzantine Arts.
She studied two mosaic techniques with Professor Vladimir Todorovic, MA of Mosaique and graduate of The École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, the distinguished National School of Fine Arts in Paris, France. The late Professor Todorovic was a member of the board for selection of mosaique art for the prestigious Bienale in Venezzia, Italy. He also worked for the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Pula and Stobi.

The Opus Vermiculatum technique used tiny tesserae, typically cubes of 4 millimeters or less, and was produced in workshops in relatively small panels which were transported to the site glued to some temporary support. The tiny tesserae allowed very fine detail, and an approach to the illusionism of painting. Often small panels called emblemata were inserted into walls or as the highlights of larger floor-mosaics in coarser work.

The normal technique was Opus Tessellatum, which used larger tesserae that were laid on site.

 

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Simonida worked on the mosaics in St. Sophia, a Greek Church in Washington DC, as the last apprentice and assistant to master mosaicist Demetrius J. Dukas.

Simonida worked on the arches: red beveled edges, crosses and golden backgrounds of the figures.

Demetrius J. Dukas received a Yale University Art School fellowship and conducted a field study and analysis of Byzantine monuments in Greece, Italy and Turkey. In Istanbul, formerly Constantinople, Mr. Dukas studied mosaics with Fotis Kontoglou.

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Simonida has studied the different schools of iconograpy: 

Russian, Serbian and Greek.

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Simonida was commissioned by senator Randolph Jennings of West  Virginia to make an icon for the occasion of  Armand hammer's 90th birthday celebration.

Icon was made in the style called "жытие", the life story.

Hammer's story starts  with his favorite horse, progresses to his parents, Saint Basil in Moscow, his wife, Washington, DC, his first oil well, and ends with Leonardo Da Vinci's book of inventions, one of Hammer's prized acquisitions.

 
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