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  • Portable Cross

    Technique:
    tempera on panel and gilding
    Dimensions:
    172x65 cm

Portable Cross

Russia, 15th - early 16th century

The form of this two-sided portable cross was very common in 15th-century Russia, and its images are also traditional. The bright colours recall Novogorod painting but the simplified drawing and the tendency towards a folk decorative approach indicate that this is the work of a northern Russian master of the 15th or early 16th century. In the centre front is a roundel with the Saviour and on the ends of the cross are the Virgin and St John the Baptist, turned towards Christ in a gesture of prayer. On the ends of the vertical bar are the Archangel Michael and the Archangel Gabriel. All the figures on the reverse side are waist-length. In the centre is St Nicholas, on the horizontal ends Sts Demetrius and George, on the vertical ends Sts John the Almsgiver and Parasceva the Good Friday.

Title:

Portable Cross

Place:

Technique:

tempera on panel and gilding

Dimensions:

172x65 cm

Acquisition date:

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

Inventory Number:

ЭРИ-234

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