Temple Gallery

Established 1959

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

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VV001. Christ Pantocrator

Greek, probably monastic work
18th century
19 x 15.5 cmClick here to convert metric size to imperial

£1,150Click here to convert price to USD or EUR

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Images of Christ Pantocrator date from the earliest Christian times and usually fill the dome in an Orthodox church. Christ is shown in half-length with his right hand raised in the classical gesture signifying oration (or teaching), while his left hand holds an open gospel with the inscription from the Gospel of Matthew: 'Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn' (11:28-30). His countenance has a stern, authoritative look symbolising his heavenly power.

The style and high quality of the current version suggests it was painted in a monastery in Greece during the 18th century, probably on Mount Athos.

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