Painting

Icon: St Paul

Icon: St Paul
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Painting, Tempera on panel and gilding, 158.5x56.5 cm
Origin: Russia, Late 15th century

St Paul comes from a Deesis Row, the central image of which would have been Christ in Majesty or Christ Pantocrator. The Deesis Row is the main part of the iconostasis , expressing the idea of intercession by the saints for mankind before Christ the judge .

Paul is shown full length, walking - as is indicated by the light turn of the body to the left, the placing of the feet and the turn of the head. The deep furrows on the brow give his expressive face inner tension and concentration.

In the attire of the apostle the artist used blues, lilac, reddish-brown tones. The closed Book of Gospels which the Apostle holds in his hand is notable for its bright red colour.

This late 15th or early 16th-century artist, possibly working in Moscow, showed Paul as a wise old man, the protector of Christianity. The traditions of the Moscow school of painting, traditions laid by Andrey Rublyov, continued to inspire icon painters throughout the 15th and early 16th centuries.

The Hermitage also has another icon, of the Virgin, from the same Deesis row.

Personage: St Paul, Apostle
Source of entry: Exchange Fund of the State Hermitage Museum, 1948
School: Moscow
Theme: The Bible and Christianity
Exibition: Culture of Muscovite Russia: 15th - 17th centuries

See also

Icon: St Paul - Rublev
St Paul the Apostle. Andrei Rublev, 1407. Index. Access: times since RI: http://www.auburn.edu/forlang/russian/icons/paul-rublev.html ...
Artwork of St. Paul the Apostle
Cathedral of the Transfiguration, Russia; Wall Painting in the Church of St Demetrius of Salonica, Russia. St. Paul icon, SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church ...
St. Paul the Apostle Icon by Nicholas Markell
St. Paul the Apostle Icon by Nicholas Markell. Reproductions available on cards, plaques, prints and magnets.
St. Paul the Apostle Icon by Peter Wilke
St. Paul the Apostle Icon by Peter Wilke. Reproductions available as cards, plaques, prints & magnets.

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