A MONUMENTAL ICON OF THE ANASTASIS OF CHRIST SURROUNDED BY THE NARRATIVE OF HIS PASSION

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A MONUMENTAL ICON OF THE ANASTASIS OF CHRIST SURROUNDED BY THE NARRATIVE OF HIS PASSION

RUSSIAN, 18TH CENTURY

The main scene, framed by a border of foliate scrolls, illustrating at the lower part the Descent of Christ into Hades, the latter depicted as a rocky gorge, Christ shown in a contrapostal posture against a green mandorla, trampling on the broken gates and raising Adam from his sarcophagus, behind him the Just People of the Old Testament Trinity in a procession lead by an angel and St. John the Baptist out of the Underworld, in the foreground and at the far left, the archangels Gabriel and Michael killing the personifications of the Devil, the upper part showing Christ emerging from his Tomb, blessing and holding a closed scroll, surrounded by eighteen scenes each narrating an episode of the Passion cycle, the events identified by the inscriptions on the border, the detailed composition executed delicately with saturated colours, on gold ground

46? x 33 7/8 in. (118.75 x 86 cm)