Temple Gallery

Established 1959

Baptism of Christ - exhibited at the Temple Gallery, specialists in Russian icons

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RR012. Baptism

Russian, Palekh School
18th century
Panel: 31 x 26.5 cmClick here to convert metric size to imperial

£3,850Click here to convert price to USD or EUR

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The scene depicts the account of Christ’s baptism from the Synoptic Gospels:

And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: and there came a voice from heaven saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased' (Mark 1:10-11)

As we can see, John the Baptist leans over and blesses Christ from the rocky bank, whilst Christ stands immersed in the river Jordan. The Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, hovers directly above the Son. An iconographic tradition which is not in the scriptural accounts is the angels who stand opposite John with their hands covered in cloth – an ancient symbol of holy reverence. The presence of the angels is a tradition which comes from the texts of Divine services, for example: The angels 'were full of wonder, fear and joy' (Troparion, Tone 7, Epiphany, 9th Hour).

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