Temple Gallery

Established 1959

Saint John the Forerunner - exhibited at the Temple Gallery, specialists in Russian icons

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KK011. Saint John the Forerunner

19th century
38.5 x 29 cmClick here to convert metric size to imperial

Provenance:  Latvia art market

£2,750Click here to convert price to USD or EUR

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St. John the Forerunner depicted as an angel comes from the quotation from Isaiah, found at the beginning of the gospel of St. Mark 'Behold, I send my messenger (Greek angelos) before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.' The type originated in Byzantium in the 13th century and was popular throughout Asia Minor. St. John points to the diskos (eucharistic footed dish) held in his left hand. In it is the naked figure of Christ symbolising the Lamb of God of the Eucharist. Where we see the scroll the inscription is: Pokaitesya priblizhibosya tsaratvie nebosnoe ('Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand'), Matthew 3: 2.

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