Icon, Elevation of the True Cross, 89 x 65,5 cm - Wood - 18th century

Icon, Elevation of the True Cross, 89 x 65,5 cm - Wood - 18th century

Important Russian icon from the Feastday tier of a Church iconostasis depicting the Elevation of the True Cross in the Hagia Sophia cathedral in Constantinople in 319AD when Emperor Constantin and his mother Empress Elena returned jubilant from their pilgrimage to the Holy Land. During this pilgrimage, they found back parts of the true Cross on which Jesus had suffered under the ruins of a Roman temple that was constructed over Golgotha. On this 18th century icon of the Jaroslav region, we see Constantin and the Patriarch flanked by deacons showing the True Cross to the faithful in Constantinople. An important and impressive icon which carries the spirit of Byzanz.

The icon shows Emperor Constantine and the partriarch of Constantinopel showing the true cross which was found back in 319 AD by Emperor Constantine and his mother Helena in Jerusalem under the ruins of a pagan temple. Constantine and Helena brought this priceless relic to Constantinople and on this icon we see how this relic is shown to the faithfull of Constantinopel in the Hagia Sophia cathedral. To the left we see the Empress Helena in a red robe. Constantin and the patriarch are holding the cross relic flanked by deacons in byzantine liturgical vestments. To the right the onlookers, in the front a priest holding a gospelbook. In the background the church iconostasis. A beautyfull classical icon possibly from the school of Jaroslav executed in eggtempera paint on levkas on a solid wooden panel that has survived all the upheaval of Napoleontic wars and Nazi invation in Russia. The large size ( 89 x 65,5 cm) shows that this icon is made for a big Church were it was part of the 14-16 or even 22 icons that formed the feastday tier. An attractive icon that will give the house an atmosphere of dignity and meditation.

In general, in good condition, title restored, various retouches.

Lot details
Elevation of the True Cross, 89 x 65,5 cm, Icon
Estimated Period
18th century
Country of Origin
Good condition - used with small signs of aging & blemishes
89×65×3.5 cm
12 kg
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