Temple Gallery

Established 1959

Double Sided Icon - exhibited at the Temple Gallery, specialists in Russian icons

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SS010. Double Sided icon: St Irene the Great Martyr and the Transfiguration

Circa 1600
18 x 12 cmClick here to convert metric size to imperial

Provenance:  German art market

Collection John McCarthy

£2,400 [Sold]Click here to convert price to USD or EUR

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On one side of this panel we have a rare image of St Irene the Great Martyr. The daughter of a Persian pagan king, her hagiography relates that she performed many miracles, but was tortured and beheaded for refusing to worship idols.

In our example she stands dressed in royal robes, the red cloak of martyrdom and a martyr's crown. In her right hand she holds a cross, symbolising her solidarity with Christ's sacrifice.

On the reverse side is the Transfiguration. Christ stands in glory on Mount Tabor with Elijah and Moses either side of him. Below, the three disciples are in awe of the Saviour's radiant light.

For notes on the style of this icon, see SS011.

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