A RARE ICON OF CHRIST AND JOHN THE BAPTIST PLAYING AT THE RIVER JORDAN

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GREEK (IONIAN ISLANDS), ATTRIBUTED TO THEODOROS POULAKIS, FIRST HALF OF THE 17TH CENTURY

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A RARE ICON OF CHRIST AND JOHN THE BAPTIST PLAYING AT THE RIVER JORDAN GREEK (IONIAN ISLANDS), ATTRIBUTED TO THEODOROS POULAKIS, FIRST HALF OF THE 17TH CENTURY

Christ wearing a luminous white chiton and a circular golden halo, represented in a contrapostal posture, his right hand raised in astonishment, his left hand pointing in negation as if trying to prevent John from looking into the bowl he is holding, the latter wrapped in a blue himation, a golden ring floating above his head, a lamb and a cross appearing between the two boys, a genre scene in the foreground with ducks swimming in the river, a deer watering itself and a bucket hanging from the tree-branch behind, in the immediate background the buildings of a settlement, including a church, amidst a variety of trees, in the far background at the right a domed structure depicted in grisaille, above God the Father portrayed as the Ancient of the Days, emerging from the clouds in blessing, accompanied by three cherubs, the subject rendered realistically, painted mostly with pastel colours, the saturated green tones of the foliage naturally dividing the composition in the celestial and earthly worlds

44? x 11? in. (36.75 x 29.75 cm)