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Joachim and Anna - exhibited at the Temple Gallery, specialists in Russian icons

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ZZ007. Joachim and Anna before the High Priest

Greek
18th century
19.3 x 14.7 cmClick here to convert metric size to imperial

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The story of Joachim and Anna and the birth of their child Mary after twenty years of barrenness is told in apocryphal literature dating, in the case of the Protevangelium of James, from the 2nd century. Other traditions, like the Pseudo-gospel of Matthew, may be from the 7th or 8th centuries. Such traditions were non-canonical but accepted in both the Eastern and Western churches throughout the Middle Ages and are the basis for imagery, particularly for that of the infancy of the Virgin.

The icon shows Joachim and Anna childless before Zacharias the High Priest after which Joachim spends five months in the desert before angels announce to him and to Anna the birth of their child.s