Elissaveta Moussakova 

Chairperson of the Board of Directors


Elissaveta Moussakova, Prof., PhD. She holds a Master’s degree in Art Studies from the National Academy of Arts (former Nikolay Pavlovich Higher Institute of Arts), Sofia and Doctoral degree in Art Studies from the Institute of Art Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. From 1996 to 2017 she was Archivist and Chief-Archivist in the Manuscripts and Old Printed Books Department at St. Cyril and St. Methodius National Library. From 2017 is a Professor in the Institute of Art Studies. She is visiting Professor in the National Academy of Arts.  

Her main work is in the field of manuscript illumination, palaeography and codicology of South Slavonic (in particular Bulgarian) mediaeval and late-mediaeval manuscripts. She is author of one book, author and co-author of more than 100 papers in Bulgarian and foreign editions, and co-author of five catalogues of Slavonic manuscripts. She was member of the editorial boards of  Izkustvo/Art in Bulgaria Journal and Biblioteka Journal; from 1999 is one of the editors of Scripta & e-Scripta Journal of Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies (Sofia – Institute of Literature at BAS).

Between 1996 and 2001 she has been member of the Board of Advisers and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Soros Centre for the Arts – Sofia. She is a former member of the Board of LIBER Manuscript Librarians Group/Manuscript Librarians Expert Group at CERL (2008–2014). Since 2010 E. Moussakova is member of the Board of The European Research Centre for Book and Paper Conservation – Restoration (Krems, Austria). In 2013 she undertook the charge of organizational secretary of the Bulgarian Memory of the World Committee. E. Moussakova was elected as the Chairperson of the NALIS Board of Directors on 16.07.2020.


Membership in the Association of Byzantinists and Medievalists in Bulgaria.

Selected papers:

Мусакова, Елисавета, Хайнц Миклас. Четириевангелие на цар Иван Александър. София: Methodivs Books, 2018 [Moussakova, Elissaveta, Heinz Miklas. The Gospels of Tsar Ivan Alexander (London Gospel). Sofia: Metodivs Books, 2018].

Иванова, Климентина, Елисавета Мусакова, о. Козма (Красимир) Поповски, Петко Петков, Андрей Бояджиев, Андрей Бобев, Любка Ненова, Маргарет Димитрова. Каталог на славянските ръкописи  от Зографската Света обител (№ 287–405). Зографски манастир: Света гора, 2017 [Ivanova, Klimentina, Elissaveta Moussakova, father Kozma (Krasimir) Popovski et al. Catalogue of the Slavonic Manuscripts from the Zographou Monastery (No 287–405). Zographou Monastery, Holy Mountain, 2017].

Писмо и писачи в българските ръкописи до края на ХVІІ век. София: Национална художествена академия, 2015 [Script and Scribes in the Bulgarian Manuscripts to the Late Seventeenth Century. Sofia: National Academy of Arts, 2015].

Христова, Боряна, Елисавета Мусакова, Елена Узунова. Опис на славянските ръкописи в Църковно-историческия и архивен институт на Българската православна църква. Т. 1. Библейски книги. София: Борина, 2009 [Hristova, Boryana, Elisaveta Moussakova, Elena Uzunova. Catalogus codicum slavorum manu scriptorum apud Patriarchatum Bulgarorum. I. Cod. biblici. Sofia: Borina, 2009].

Narrative Sequence in the Miniatures of Tsar Ivan Alexander’s Gospel Book (British Library Add. MS 39627). – In: Patterns. Models. Drawings. Art Readings 2019. Vol. 1. Ed. by Еmmanuel Moutafov, Margarita Kuyumdzhieva. Sofia: Institute of Art Studies, 2020, 261–276.

Българските книжовници и Атон през ХVІІ в. [The Bulgarian Men of Letters and Athos in the Seventeenth Century].– В: Laudator temporis acti. Studia in memoriam Ioannis Božilov. Vol. II. Ed. by Ivan Bilyarski. Sоfia: Gutenberg, 2018, 354–376.

The Illustrated Slavonic Miscellanies of Damaskinos Stouditis’ Thesauros – a New Context for Gospel Illustrations in the Seventeenth Century. – In: Crossing Borders. Art Readings 2017. Т. 1. Old Art: Byzantine and post-Byzantine Art. Ed. by Еmmanuel Moutafov, Ida Toth. Sofia: Institute of Art Studies, 2018, 325–348.

Late Medieval South-Slavonic Illumination in the Byzantine Context. – Art Studies Quarterly (Sofia), 1, 2017, 35–44.

The Dragon/Snake Motif in the Illuminated Old Glagolitic Manuscripts. – Slovo (Zagreb), 66, 2016, 139–163.

Sixteenth Century Scribes from Sofia? A Рalaeographical Insight. – In: Heroes. Cults. Saints. Art Readings 2015. Ed. by Ivanka Gergova, Emmanuel Moutafov. Sofia: Institute of Art Studies, 2015, 73–89.