London, South Kensington
14 June 2006
SAINT JOHN, ANGEL OF THE DESERT
RUSSIAN, LATE 18TH CENTURY
The Forerunner haloed, shown frontally, in a slightly contrapostal posture, with large wings, dressed both with the raiment of skins and the himation, carrying his head in a platter and an open scroll. He is represented in the wilderness, as indicated by the cactus in the foreground. Above is the Mandylion.
14 X 11 7/8 in. (36 x 30.25 cm)
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