Founded in 1690 by Prince Constantine Brîncoveanu,
the monastery of Horezu, in Walachia, is a masterpiece of the
'Brancovan' style. It is known for its architectural purity and balance,
the richness of its sculptural detail, the treatment of its religious
compositions, its votive portraits and its painted decorative works. The
school of mural and icon painting established at the monastery in the
18th century was famous throughout the Balkan region.