Temple Gallery

Established 1959

Saints from an Extended Deesis - exhibited at the Temple Gallery, specialists in Russian icons

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E007. Panels Depicting Saints from an Extended Deesis

Russian, Old Believer master painter
First half 19th century
Tempera on gold and gesso on wood
Each panel: 25.3 x 25.5 cmClick here to convert metric size to imperial

Provenance:  Private Collection London

Condition:  Some abrasions and losses commensurate with age. Borders restored.

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A third panel, whose present whereabouts is unknown, would have shown Christ Enthroned attended by The Mother of God and John the Baptist, the central figures of the Deesis. The present ensemble constitutes the ‘Extended Deesis’ that developed on Russian iconostases in the 15th century. On the right hand panel we see: King Solomon, King David, the Prophet Isaiah, the Prophet Elijah, Saint Basil the Great and Saint Nicholas. The left hand panel shows Saint Peter, Saint Mark, Saint Matthew, a bishop and two Metropolitan Bishops of Moscow (Patriarchs).

This icon is an exceptionally fine example of work by the Old Believers “who were masters in the art of producing new icons in the ‘old style’, looking back to the art of the 17th century ‘. (Olga A. Polyakova, Icons, Masterpieces of Russian Art 16th-19th centuries fro m the collection of the Moscow State Integrated Museum-Reserve at Kolomenskoye, Vivays Publishing, 2011, p. 64.) The Kolomenskoye collection preserves an icon of Daniel that shares many style characteristics with our Deesis figures.

Fig a Daniel in the Lion’s Den, 19th century Kolomenskoye Reserve, Russia No. 7 detail

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