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ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST IN THE WILDERNESS

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ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST IN THE WILDERNESS

Made by: Unknown

Currently in storage


About this object

St. John stands in a barren mountain landscape, a river to his right, bearing a white standard with red cross to his left. His naked emaciated torso scantily covered by a dark hymation, his match-stick arms and legs, his long hair and matted beard framed by a golden halo, all proclaim him to be a hermit. A long staff with a double branched cross rests in his left hand, while his right hand and his eyes are lifted towards the upper left corner, where the disembodied right hand of God emerges from a mandorla, the fingers spread in a gesture of blessing. A double border of white semi-circles over a pattern of vertical strokes frames the lower edge of the kovcheg. The ground of the icon is a dark mottled green, while the borders are dark brown with a cinnebar red filenka. The kovcheg is carved.

Category:
paintings
Object name:
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST IN THE WILDERNESS
Made from:
Tempera on wood
Made in:
RUSSIA
Date made:
Early 20th c. (?)
Size:
28.3 × 23.2 cm (11 1/8 × 9 1/8 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
54.55
Class:
ICON
Signature marks:
INSCRIPTION; STAMP; LABEL verso: "66.429 Russia" (in ink?), "XVI konets," "Loan 49.1062" (on label), illegible hexagonal stamp (in purple ink)
Credit line:
Gift of Madame Augusto Rosso, 1965