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  • Icon: Epiphany

    Technique:
    tempera on panel and tin
    Dimensions:
    90x67,5 cm

Icon: Epiphany

Russia, Early 14th century

Epiphany is the name used to describe the Baptism of Christ in the River Jordan. In a wide river stands the naked Christ; by His legs are an old man and a woman, allegorical figures personifying the river and the sea. St John the Baptist wears his traditional sheepskin and raises his right hand over the head of Christ. The iconography of this painting derives from Byzantine sources. In terms of style, the Epiphany is close to early 14th-century frescoes in the Snetogorsky Monastery near Pskov. It is daringly and broadly painted, as if the artist were more used to painting on a monumental scale. The colouring is also worthy of note, dominated as it is by gloomy, dark tones. This might be explained by the fact that the icon was painted at a time when the Pskov school of icon painting was still only taking shape.

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Icon: Epiphany

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Technique:

tempera on panel and tin

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90x67,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1956; transferred from the Pskov Regional Local History Museum

Inventory Number:

ЭРИ-228

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