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Diptych Featuring Christ and Archangel Gabriel - PF.5302
Origin: Russia
Circa: 1750 AD to 1900 AD
Dimensions: 17.75" (45.1cm) high x 16" (40.6cm) wide
Collection: Russian Icons
Medium: Oil on Wood Panel


Additional Information: sold

Location: United States
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This very unique icon consists of two images, one on either side, depicting the Archangel Gabriel and Jesus Christ. The angel's head is tilted at an angle suggestive of inner contemplation. His hair is quite elaborate with thick curls piled high, and a looser wavy portion flowing over his left shoulder. Two white 'curly-cues' serve as striking hair ornaments, or perhaps as lightening streaks of grey. His red mantel is tied in a knot on the upper right, with black lines indicating folds. Though his cheeks are full and youthful, the neck muscles show signs of age and the brow is creased as if deep in thought. Christ appears wearing rough clothes with His hair unkempt, seeming as if He has just emerged from His forty day sojourn in the desert. A halo proclaims His divinity, as a scroll of parchment suddenly appears at lower left, as if blown up by a gust of wind. The red background is suitable to a desert scene and also to the fire in Christ's heart after surmounting the temptations of evil. Both panels present a dramatic depiction of two holy beings, the one pure spirit and the other the spirit of God, yet both very human in appearance. - (PF.5302)

 

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