THE HEAVENLY LADDER OF ST. JOHN KLIMAKOS

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RUSSIAN (PSKOV), 17TH CENTURY

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THE HEAVENLY LADDER OF ST. JOHN KLIMAKOS

RUSSIAN (PSKOV), 17TH CENTURY

The composition organised around the ladder, in the earthly realm against a Church with prominent onion domes topped by crosses, a group of monks preparing for their ascent under the guidance of St. John, the latter portrayed haloed and displaying a scroll, a number of monks depicted on the steps, one of them assisted by an angel, a second one hindered by a devil, yet a third one falling into the fiery mouth of the monster, that is the personification of hell, a monk successfully reached the top of the ladder and being crowned by Christ, beyond the level of the clouds the garden of paradise depicted with saints rejoining in the heavenly banquet

13 1/8 x 8? in. (33.4 x 20.5 cm)