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Royal Doors

Made by: Unknown

On view in: Russian Sacred Arts Gallery

About this object

In the top gables of the doors the Annunciation is depicted, Archangel Gabriel on the left and the seated Virgin on the right. Below these are the Evangelists. On the top of the left door St. John is seated on an elaborate bench on a hillside and dictating to his companion St. Prochorus. Below St. Mark is seated in an architectural setting, writing his gospel. On the upper right hand door is St Matthew in an architectural setting holding a beautifully bound book, while on the lower half is St. Luke in a similar architectural setting writing on a scroll. In each instance, the symbol of the evangelist appears in a red reserve in the sky above. Above the doors is the canopy on which the Eucharist is depicted in two parts. On the left, Christ stands at an altar, giving bread to six of his disciples; to the right he offers wine to the other six. The entire complex of scenes is united by the small, half-length figure of God Sabaoth in an eliptical mandorla in the middle of the canopy's upper edge.

Object name:
Royal Doors
Made from:
Tempera on wood
Made in:
Date made:
16th c.
overall __78.00 IN __31.00 IN
overall __198.12 CM __78.74 CM

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Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Featured in publication:
"A Taste for Splendor: Russian Imperial and European Treasures from the Hillwood Museum","Russian Icons at Hillwood"