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16c Russian Icon - Old Testament Trinity (The Hospitality of Abraham)

Icon of the Old Testament Holy Trinity (the Hospitality of Abraham), Central Russia, circa 1550-1575.

The Old Testament Trinity icon depicts the story of three angels who visited Abraham (Genesis 18:1–8), but the painting is full of symbolism and is generally interpreted as an icon of the Holy Christian Trinity, "one God in three persons" – the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. The Three Messengers are depicted in the center as winged angels sitting around a hospitable table being served by Abraham and Sarah pictured on the left. On the background, the Abraham’s house is pictured and the Oak of Mamre.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 61-83-SSI-45
  • Size: 28 1⁄2 x 22 in. (72 x 55.8 cm)
  • Age: ca. second half of the 16th century
  • Origin: Central Russia
  • Materials: Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price: Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross
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