A NEW triptych at Tewkesbury Abbey, in
Gloucester diocese, portrays the relationship
between Christ, the Holy City, and the town of Tewkesbury. It is by
the Bulgarian icon-writer Silvia Dimitrova, whose work can be seen
in Wells Cathedral and St Paul's Cathedral, as well as other
The Tewkesbury triptych has been placed behind the altar in St
Edmund's Chapel. It looks traditional, and yet it has several local
touches, including mustard flowers and horseradish, and an image of
the Abbey's architect and master stonemason, Neil Birdsall, who
recently retired after 32 years of service. It was recently
dedicated by the Bishop of Tewkesbury, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow
Ms Dimitrova showed an early talent in Bulgaria, and, after
graduation, studied under Georgi Tchouchev, considered by many to
be a master of Bulgarian icon-writing. She works in traditional egg
tempera on wood, and has worked as artist-in-residence at Wells
Cathedral, where she painted the Stations of the Cross.
The Vicar of Tewkesbury Abbey, Canon Paul Williams
(left), describes the triptych as "a stunning piece of
work; the level of detail and the colours are absolutely beautiful.
. . We hope everyone will come and see it."