Icon of Saint Ilya the Prophet, Saint Maksim the Monk, Saint Varvara the Martyr, and Saint NicholasRussia, Moscow, 1863
Lot 1051
Icon of Saint Ilya the Prophet, Saint Maksim the Monk, Saint Varvara the Martyr, and Saint Nicholas
Russia, Moscow, 1863
Sold for US$ 13,750 inc. premium
Lot Details
Icon of Saint Ilya the Prophet, Saint Maksim the Monk, Saint Varvara the Martyr, and Saint Nicholas
Russia, Moscow, 1863
oil and tempera on wood, silver gilt repoussé and chased oklad, marked with Cyrillic maker's mark 'AGA' and the Moscow city mark, dated 1863, 84 standard

35.5 x 31.5cm (13 3/4 x 12 3/16in)

Footnotes

  • The unusual selection of saints in the foreground underneath a small image of the Christ Pantocrator in a cloud above suggest that the present icon was most likely privately commissioned and that the patron saints were chosen to represent the names of the family members of the owner of the icon. The realistically painted figures reflect the influence of the Western style of painting popular in the mid nineteenth century. The heavy and elaborately sculpted oklad covers the icon almost completely.

    Стильная икона, характерная для столичной живописи 19 века. Судя по иконографии, это был заказной семейный образ, включающий святых, соименных семье заказчика. Живопись сочетает профессиональное академическое письмо ликов и драгоценный сплошной оклад, закрывающий почти все изображение. Отражает ранний период поиска национального стиля в искусстве эпохи Николая I.
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