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  • Holy Doors

    Technique:
    tempera on panel
    Dimensions:
    148x77,5 cm

Holy Doors

Russia, Late 16th - early 17th century

Holy Doors - also known as Doors of Paradise, or Heavenly Doors - act as the main means of access to the altar. They lead through the centre of the iconostasis, the altar screen which divides the altar from the main body of a Russian Orthodox church. These particular doors were produced in the late 16th or early 17th century and have the traditional Russian "kokoshnik" form - a curved and pointed arch. In the tops of the doors are the Archangel Gabriel and the Virgin, together forming a scene of the Annunciation. Full-length on the doors are Sts John Chrysostom and Basil the Great. Although this location was usually reserved for the evangelists, these Holy Fathers of the Church came to be depicted here in ancient Russian art because of the huge role they played in the history of Christianity. The Divine liturgies compiled by them are celebrated in Orthodox churches to the present day. Some stylistic indications suggest that the Holy Doors were produced by a master from the Russian North.

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Holy Doors

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Technique:

tempera on panel

Dimensions:

148x77,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1968; formerly in the Uspenskys' collection

Inventory Number:

ЭРИ-542

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