Temple Gallery

Established 1959

Four Part Icon - exhibited at the Temple Gallery, specialists in Russian icons

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YY001. Saints George and Demetrios, the Virgin Hodegetria and a Female Martyr Saint (possibly St Barbara)

Central Greece
Circa 1800
31 x 26.2 cmClick here to convert metric size to imperial

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The panel is separated into four sections. Each section is enclosed by architectural arches with columns. At the top-left we see St George slaying the dragon and opposite him is St Demetrios killing the King of the Infidels. To the left of the lower register we see the Virgin Hodegetria, a traditional Orthodox iconographic depiction of the Theotokos (Mother of God) holding Christ while gesturing towards him as the source of salvation for humankind. To the right is a female martyr saint. Although the inscription has mainly worn away the fragments that remain suggest it is St Barbara and certain features of her appearance also correspond to classical Byzantine depictions of this saint.

The simple and naïve execution of this icon suggests it was painted in Central Greece around 1800. The loose, sketchy lines as well as the folk style indicate a provincial artist.