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  • Icon: Christ Enthroned

    Technique:
    tempera on panel and gilding
    Dimensions:
    87,5x63,5 cm

Icon: Christ Enthroned

Russia, 16th century

Christ Enthroned was the central icon in a Deisis Tier. The Deisis Tier is the main part of the iconostasis (the altar screen which divides the altar from the main body of a Russian Orthodox church), expressing the idea of intercession by the saints for mankind before Christ the judge (Deisis in Greek means "supplication" or "entreaty) on the day of the Last Judgement. This Deisis Tier consisted of seven icons: Christ Enthroned, The Virgin, St John the Baptist, Archangel Michael, Archangel Gabriel, St Peter and St Paul. It was created by a Novgorod master in the 16th century for the wooden Church of the Dormition built in 1599 (Novgorod Region). All these icons are now in the Hermitage. In the semicircular, carved throne sits Christ, with His right hand raised in blessing, while His left hand supports the Book of Gospels which rests on His knee. Novgorod icons are always recognizable. As in this image, they are bright, full of pure contrasting colours: red, green, yellow, white. The flowing lines clearly mark out the figure of Christ against a golden-yellow background.

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Icon: Christ Enthroned

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Technique:

tempera on panel and gilding

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87,5x63,5 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1971; handed over by the State Hermitage Museum expedition for collecting monuments of Ancient Russian Art in different parts of the Novgorod Region

Inventory Number:

ЭРИ-599

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