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  • Holy Doors from an Iconostasis with the Annunciation, the Eucharist and the Four Evangelists

    Technique:
    tempera on panel and gilding
    Dimensions:
    154,5x78,5 cm

Holy Doors from an Iconostasis with the Annunciation, the Eucharist and the Four Evangelists

Russia, First half of the 16th century

The Holy Doors were placed in the middle of the iconostasis (or altar screen) which divided the main body of the church from the altar. Depicted here on the doors are scenes of the Annunciation, the Eucharist and the Four Evangelists. This was one of the most complex iconographical schemes in use in Old Russia for the depiction on such doors. At the top is the Annunciation. In the rectangular part we see the repetition of the scene of the Eucharist, as if reflected in a mirror: here Christ passes out the bread to his twelve apostles. Below are the traditional images of the Four Evangelists - John with Prochorus, Luke, Matthew and Mark. In terms of style these doors are clearly the work of a provincial northern Russian master. By analogy with other Holy Doors we can suggest that they were produced in the 16th century.

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Holy Doors from an Iconostasis with the Annunciation, the Eucharist and the Four Evangelists

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Technique:

tempera on panel and gilding

Dimensions:

154,5x78,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1957; handed over from the Lyadinsky village council, Kargopolsky District, Arkhangelsk Oblast

Inventory Number:

ЭРИ-233

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