Temple Gallery

Established 1959

The Only Begotten Son - exhibited at the Temple Gallery, specialists in Russian icons

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HH009. The Only Begotten Son

Russian, Old Believers Workshop
19th century
31.5 x 25.8 cmClick here to convert metric size to imperial

Provenance:  Alan Muller Collection (see HH002)

£2,000Click here to convert price to USD or EUR

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This theme was introduced into the iconographical canon in Moscow in the late 16th century. It was one of what the Russian scholar N. P. Kondakov (The Russian Icon, Oxford, 1927) calls ‘Mystical and Didactic Subjects’ illustrating theological ideas regarded as important by the Church at that time. The icon illustrates the second antiphon of the Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom which begins "Only Begotten Son and Word of God...". We see God the Father at the top, below the Old Testament Trinity and then the Enthroned Virgin and Child in a circle supported by angels. Below that the Pieta, a western theme. At left and right are structures in which stand angels. Two flying angels hold the sun and the moon. At lower left is a cross on which Christ, robed as a warrior is seated, symbolising his victory over death. In the lower right corner Death riding on a lion tramples on fallen humanity.

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