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Scenes from the life of St John the Evangelist - exhibited at the Temple Gallery, specialists in Russian icons

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VV015. Scenes from the Life of St John the Evangelist

Russian
19th century
Fragment inset into a later panel
25 x 35 cmClick here to convert metric size to imperial

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This icon is a fragment of a larger work showing the Life of St John the Evangelist. John is depicted as an old man with a long beard. His scribe, Prochorus, is shown as a young man dressed in bright red. The events are taken from the hagiography of John's life.[1] One can see the complete cycle of illustrated events from John's hagiography in the frescoes of the Monastery of St. John the Theologian in Hora, Patmos, Greece.

Top Left: John is sentenced to death under the persecution of Christians by the Emperor Nero.
Top right: John survives the poisoned chalice, casting out a serpent from the wine, and embracing his disciple and scribe Prochorus. It is unusual for this subject to be depicted in Eastern art - as it derives from The Golden Legend[2] - and is normally associated with Western art.
Bottom left: John and Prochorus sail to Asia Minor to preach the Gospel during a tempest.
Bottom right: This scene is ambiguous, but perhaps shows Prochorus in the waves of the sea before he is washed up onto the shore.




Footnotes:-
1. For the Orthodox hagiography of John's life, see: http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2016/09/the-life-of-holy-apostle-and-evangelist.html
2. http://www.christianiconography.info/john.html

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