• Icon: St Paul the Apostle

    Technique:
    tempera on panel and gilding
    Dimensions:
    158,5x56,5 cm

Icon: St Paul the Apostle

Russia, late 15th - early 16th century

The icon of St Paul comes from a Deisis Tier, the central image of which was Christ in Majesty. The Deisis Tier is the main part of the iconostasis (the altar screen which divides the altar from the main body of a Russian Orthodox church), expressing the idea of intercession by the saints for mankind before Christ the judge (Deisis means "supplication" or "entreaty") on the day of the Last Judgement. St Paul is shown full length, walking - as is indicated by the light turn of the body to the left, the placing of the feet and the turn of the head. The deep furrows on the brow give his expressive face inner tension and concentration. In the attire of the Apostle the artist used blues, lilac, reddish-brown tones. The closed Book of Gospels which the Apostle holds in his hand is notable for its bright red colour. This late 15th or early 16th-century artist, possibly working in Moscow, showed St Paul as the protector of Christianity. The traditions of the Moscow school of painting, laid by Andrei Rublev, continued to inspire icon-painters throughout the 15th and early 16th centuries.

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Icon: St Paul the Apostle

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tempera on panel and gilding

Dimensions:

158,5x56,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1948; transferred from the Exchange Fund of the State Hermitage Museum

Inventory Number:

ЭРИ-56

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