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The Resurrection and Descent into Hell - PF.2126
Origin: Russia
Circa: 1750 AD to 1900 AD
Dimensions: 16.125" (41.0cm) high x 12.25" (31.1cm) wide
Collection: Russian
Style: Russian Orthodox
Medium: Oil on Wooden Panel

Location: United States
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This icon is divided into two sections with separate, (though similar), scenes one above the other. Both show Christ standing on a sloping ground surrounded by a red oval, (or nimbus), with white rays of light shooting from His body. In the lower area He is emerging from His descent into Hell pointing as if in admonishment, while an assembled group of saints watch in awe. The scene above is more serene, as if evil has been vanquished and the Spirit of God reigns supreme. The Christ figure appears less formidable and welcomes the righteous gathered around into His 'aura' of benevolent love. By using red as the main color scheme highlighted by black and white, the artist creates the sensation of evil versus good, of a battle between the spirit of darkness and light, with good winning in the form of the resurrected Christ. - (PF.2126)


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