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The composition of this icon contains some unusual elements; even though Christ appears seated, he floats midair, while the rainbow on which he usually sits in this theme is missing. Part of the angel garments point towards Mary, thus underlining her involvement in the event. The same is true of the footstool and the red flowers that allude to the Burning Bush.

Both the iconography and the artistic abstraction, that mark the icon, point towards comparable works of art made in the Holy Land.


Details

Tempera on wood
Ninth – tenth century
41,8 Χ 27 cm
Central triptych panel
St. Catherine's Monastery Saint Catherine, South Sinai Governorate