Temple Gallery

Established 1959

Old Testament Trinity - exhibited at the Temple Gallery, specialists in Russian icons

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YY015. Old Testament Trinity

Russian, Upper Volga Region
Circa 1700
44.1 x 36.2 cmClick here to convert metric size to imperial

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Three angels representing the Holy Trinity are seated around a table on which are placed three chalices. They are each dressed in a chiton and a himation and are holding white sceptres. The angel in the middle points to the centre chalice and looks to the angel on his right who is shown gazing down in contemplation. The angel to the right of the panel also looks at the angel directly opposite him. In the background we see a temple (left-hand side), a tree (centre), and a mountainous landscape (right-hand side) all of which are symbols of paradise.

The narrative is taken from the biblical story of three angels visiting Abraham at Mamre (Gen. 18:1-8), a passage that early Christian writers interpreted as an Old Testament manifestation of the Holy Trinity.

Central Russia, early 18th century, Palazzo Leoni Momtanaro, Vicenza, Italy