A triptych icon with Christ Emanuel and Archangels
Russia, Moscow, 1700-1735 tempera on wood with gilding total 30.5 x 78.75cm (12 x 31in)
Exhibited Washington, DC, Hillwood Museum & Gardens, Tradition in Transition: Russian Icons in the Age of the Romanovs, 2004
Literature Wendy R. Salmond, Tradition in Transition: Russian Icons in the Age of the Romanovs, Hillwood Museum & Gardens, Washington, DC, 2004, no. 11, p. 39, illustrated
The current lot is a triptych group, comprising three separate icons forming a Deeisis: the shoulder-length image of a youthful Christ in the center is flanked by the Archangels Gabriel and Michael, who gently tilt their heads toward Christ. Such groups were placed above entrance gates to cathedrals and palace interiors. The stylized elegance of the image is reminiscent of the best examples of Kremlin icon painting of the seventeenth century. The present lot is a very rare example of a complete deeisis from the early eighteenth century.
Подобные комплексы в России издавна служили «надвратными» иконами их ставили над входными дверьми храмов и жилых палат. Иконы продолжают традиции царских писем XVII века, что выразилось в сохранение не только техники письма, но и использовании древней иконографии. От 18 века таких полных комплексов сохранилось немного, что повышает ценность этих икон.
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