Lot 5

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A RUSSIAN ICON OF THE TRANSFIGURATION, END OF THE 16TH CENTURY, SUZDAL-VLADIMIR REGION.  Of noble proportions, finely drawn and with well-ordered composition which is derived from early 14th century models.  The calm composure of Christ who stands in white garments holding the Gospels  between the Old Testament Prophets Elijah and Moses contrasts with the agitated drama of the Apostles (James, John and Peter) who fall headlong before the unbearable vision of the uncreated light.  The theme of the Transfiguration is of crucial importance for Eastern Christian art and thought.  For just as the Festival of the Nativity manifests the entry of the spirit into matter and into time – the sanctification of all human and natural existence through the Incarnation – the Transfiguration elucidates the corollary; how matter, illuminated by divine energy, may recover its own untarnished beauty – the original beauty of the cosmic image obscured by the Fall.  The same idea is expressed in patristic thought: thus: “God became Man in order that Man might become God” (St. Athanasius).  And exactly the same transfiguring process is evidenced by the Deifying Energies that transmute the Eucharistic Bread and Wine into Christ’s Body and Blood. 20.5 inches x 17.5 inches (52 x 44.5 cm).

Estimate:  $5,000 - 7,000   € 4,500 - 6,300
Price Realized: $6,250.00

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