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  • Icon: The Transfiguration

    Technique:
    tempera on panel and gilding
    Dimensions:
    78x61 cm

Icon: The Transfiguration

Russia, 16th century

We read in the Gospel According to Matthew (xvii: 1-5) how Christ went up Mount Tabor in Galilee with three of his apostles: "Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, and was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias [Elijah] talking with him." And a bright cloud overshadowed them and a voice from heaven said: "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him." This icon was possibly painted in the workshops of Novgorod. Probably for speed of execution, the master copied the figures of the prophets and apostles from standard images, and only details reveal their individual natures - a few variations in facial features, the colour of the robes. The manner of painting and the surviving inscriptions indicate a date in the 16th century.

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Icon: The Transfiguration

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tempera on panel and gilding

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78x61 cm

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Acquired by the Hermitage in 1950 from a private person through the State Purchasing Commission

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ЭРИ-82

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