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  • Icon: The Last Judgement

    Technique:
    tempera on panel and gilding
    Dimensions:
    163x118 cm

Icon: The Last Judgement

Russia, First half of the 16th century

The Last Judgement is the Second Coming of Christ, when, according to Christian doctrine, there will be a general resurrection of the dead who, with the living, will be finally judged and consigned to Heven or Hell. They will be judged according to the works of charity they had performed in their lifetime. In obviously didactic terms, the artist shows us how the righteous will be allowed to enter Heaven - on the left - and sinners will go to Hell. Christ alone is the Judge, but by him stand the Virgin, St John the Evangelist and the apostles. In this very decorative icon there is a strong sense of the traditions of the Novgorod school. The composition is built up of arching lines and circles and is dominated by constrasting colour combinations of green and red, ochre and gold. Some details, however, such as the faces, the varied proportions of the figures, and the overloaded lower part of the composition, indicate that the icon may have been the work of an artist from the northern part of the Novgorod lands along the River Dvina.

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Icon: The Last Judgement

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Technique:

tempera on panel and gilding

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163x118 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1960; received by the State Hermitage expedition sent to identify and collect works of ancient Russian art in different areas of the Arkhangelsk Region in 1960

Inventory Number:

ЭРИ-477

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