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Temple Gallery

Established 1959

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

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VV027. Saviour

Russian
19th century
31.9 x 26.3 cmClick here to convert metric size to imperial

£2,250Click 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 here 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-book, yet with the text hidden. His countenance has a stern, authoritative impression, symbolising his heavenly power. In this version, his garments have been skilfully decorated with floral patterns, suggesting it was painted in a well-established icon-painting workshop in Russia, and, perhaps, for a wealthy client.

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