A VERY LARGE, BEAUTIFUL AND RARE 17TH CENTURY ICON OF RESURRECTION OF CHRIST WITH AN ANGEL OPENING THE CASKET ALONG WITH ST. PETER ON THE RIGHT HAND AND ST. PAUL ON THE LEFT.
A very special and rare icon displaying the resurrection of Jesus Christ with an angel opening the casket, St. Peter is put on show at the right hand and St. Paul is on the left hand. The icon shows the style of Keiv.
Handmade Russian icon, Moscow. 17th C. (1650-1670)
The icon is in excellent condition, made in four different levels,
First wood, second canvas, third gold leaf and fourth the painting level.
Size: 110.5x59.5 cm, 43.5x23.4 inch.
This item comes with a certificate from The Israeli Antiquities Authority.
“Up from the grave, he arose! “Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!”
With such hymns and liturgical exclamations, Christian worshippers on this most important day of the Christian Year rejoice with one another, celebrating the world-changing event of the Resurrection of Christ Jesus from the tomb, two days after his degrading, torturous death on the cross and burial.
It seems that hardly any other event in the gospels ought so powerfully to attract visual artists, yet the frequency of depiction of the Resurrection pales into quite modest compared with the countless images of his terrible death, or even of the removal of his body from the cross and deposition in the tomb. Images of the Annunciation to Mary and the Nativity overwhelm this subject in frequency, despite that the Resurrection is the true climax of the gospel narratives and apex of the gospel message, without which, as St. Paul so famously said, our faith is in vain (1 Corinthians 15:13-14).