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Lot 0024
A LARGE AND INTERESTING ICON OF THE TRANSFIGURATION, 18TH CENTURY. Here Christ is depicted half-length within a radiant light (mandrola) atop Mt. Tabor as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew (17:1-9) and elsewhere. On the left, holding two tablets, is the Old Testament Prophet Moses and on the right, Elijah. Below are the disciples Peter, James, and John who have fallen to the ground in awe at the sight. The inscription flanking the head of Christ is an illiterate rendering of the standard inscription which usually reads €€ € - THE TRANSFIGURATION OF CHRIST. The interesting, albeit limited palette combined with the very immediate or direct overall rendering, create, in their naivete, a certain charm which reflects in some ways the very pure and innocent piety of the Russian peasant soul. While such icons are sometimes attributed to northern regions of Russia, based on the panel construction and palette, it is more likely southwest Russian in origin. The Transfiguration is one of the twelve major feast days, celebrated on August 6th (old) or August 19th (new calendar). The larger than normal size would suggest the offered lot may have perhaps once been installed in the festival tier of an iconostasis in a small chapel. 19.25 inches x 13 inches (49 x 43 cm).


Overall very good original condition, the paint layer is stable with no signs of loss or lifting, only a few minor re-touches.

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Estimate $800 - $1,200Nov 17, 2015
Cedar Falls, IA, USA