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|Painting, Tempera on panel and gilding, 98x61.5 cm|
|Origin: Russia, Early 16th century|
Like The Prophets Jeremiah and Habakkuk, this icon came from the Prophets' Row of a tall iconostasis - the altar screen which divides the high altar from the main body of a Russian Orthodox church. The fourth row of icons, above the festivals row with its scenes of the main Church festivals, showed those Old Testament prophets who predicted the appearance of the Virgin and the birth of Jesus Christ.
Both prophets hold scrolls with text, while Solomon wears a crown.
This icon was painted by a Moscow master in the early 16th century. The depiction of the faces and figures of saints is soft and somewhat lyrical, as is characteristic of this school. Such images appeared in Russian art in the early 15th century and were linked with the name of Andrey Rublyov. They became standard for Moscow artists of the Rublyov tradition and occurred in numerous Russian icons for over a century.
|Source of entry: Purchasing Commission of the Experts of the State Hermitage Museum, 1960|
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