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Russian Icon - Holy Apostle and Evangelist Saint John the Theologian from the Royal Doors

The icon depicts Holy Apostle and Evangelist Saint John the Theologian. The Apostle John is painted in a realistic manner and shown as a young man in a process of writing the Gospel. To his left, an eagle - a king of birds, that traditionally symbolized St. John. The round shape of the icon alludes to that it was originally a part of the Royal Doors of an iconostasis. The composition and a style of painting closely resembles an iconographic portrait of St. John the Theologian painted in 1809 by a famous Russian artist Vladimir Borovikovsky for the Royal Doors of the Kazan Cathedral in Saint Petersburg (currently in the collection of the State Russian Museum), 

Additional Info

  • ID#: 266-1009-043-057-SP1
  • Size: 13 1/2 inches (34 cm) in diameter
  • Age: ca. 1850s
  • Origin: St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Materials: Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price: $2,750
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