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    Sale 7596

    Icons and Artefacts From The Orthodox World

    9 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 124

    THE LIFE OF THE PROPHET ELIJAH IN THE DESERT AND HIS FIERY ASCENT TO HEAVEN

    RUSSIAN, 16TH CENTURY

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    THE LIFE OF THE PROPHET ELIJAH IN THE DESERT AND HIS FIERY ASCENT TO HEAVEN
    RUSSIAN, 16TH CENTURY
    The Prophet portrayed three times; when contemplating in front of his cave by the banks of the river Jordan, while having the vision of an angel in his sleep and, whilst ascending to Heaven; the wilderness depicted like a barren and rocky landscape with sparse vegetation, the upper part of the composition occupied by the fiery mandorla enclosing the figure of the Prophet standing on a quadriga and being pushed by an angel towards the segment of heaven at the upper left corner, the ascetic composition rendered with muted colours in the lower section, contrasting sharply with the dense crimson of the mandorla in the celestial plane
    12¼ x 10 7/8 in. (31.1 x 27.6 cm)


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