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    Sale 7596

    Icons and Artefacts From The Orthodox World

    9 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 51

    AN IMPRESSIVE NARRATIVE ICON OF THE PASSION OF CHRIST

    RUSSIAN, 17TH CENTURY

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    AN IMPRESSIVE NARRATIVE ICON OF THE PASSION OF CHRIST
    RUSSIAN, 17TH CENTURY
    The story beginning in the lower centre with the Betrayal, spiralling outwards, anti-clockwise to the left; the following scene depicting Judas agonising in remorse over his act, shown again to the left with the devil symbolically clinging onto him, in the lower left corner Christ surrounded by the Roman soldiers who had taken him for judgement to the High Priest Annas and the Pharisees, Peter shown seated at the side; the right half of the lower register with Christ in front of Pontius Pilate, the Mocking of Christ directly above; the middle register occupied by the Walk to Golgtha with the two thieves bearing their crosses, followed by Simon of Cyrene who carried Christ's; the upper section representing the complete sequence of the Crucifixion with the crucified figures of Christ and the two thieves, the mourning figures of His Mother, the Holy Women and John, a Roman soldier piercing his side and another giving him vinegar, a cave below the cross with the skull of Adam, in front three Roman soldiers casting lots for Christ's seamless chiton, just below the feet of John, a representation of the temple and its curtain torn during the moment of Christ's death and below the breaking open of the tombs; at the very top, the sun and the moon flanking the open heavens where the Holy Spirit is shown in a glory, an image of God the Father seated on a double throne, next to him, a crown placed on the empty seat awaiting Christ's victorious Ascension to heaven
    44 3/8 x 31½ in. (112.7 x 80 cm)


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