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  • Icon: Deisis

    Technique:
    tempera on panel and gilding
    Dimensions:
    25x85,5 cm

Icon: Deisis

Russia, Late 16th - early 17th century

Deisis (supplication) embodies the idea of intercession by the saints for mankind before Christ the judge on the day of the Last Judgement. This Deisis icon is executed on a single horizontal board, with all 15 figures shown full length. In the centre is Christ enthroned and arranged symmetrically to the sides, facing him, are the Virgin and St John the Baptist, the archangels Michael and Gabriel, Sts Thomas and Nicholas, Florus and Laurus, Blasius and Anastasia, Catherine and Marina. Small icons with Deisis compositions, such as this, painted in the late 16th or early 17th century, were widespread in the Russian North. The depiction of Sts Florus and Laurus directly beyond the apostles and St Nicholas indicate that they were particularly revered in this church. The unusual lacy line running around the haloes suggests a link with decorative folk art. Also characteristic of the North are the varying proportions of the figures.

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Icon: Deisis

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Technique:

tempera on panel and gilding

Dimensions:

25x85,5 cm

Acquisition date:

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

Inventory Number:

ЭРИ-39

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