8 June 2009
RUSSIAN, XIX CENTURY
44.7 by 38.8 cm.
The prophet is depicted on the vertical axis of the composition in front of his ascetic refuge in the desert, surrounded by a number of scenes that visualise the major events of his life. To the right, Elijah and his disciple Elisha cross the river Jordan and on the upper corner, while he is elevated into heavens via a chariot against a fiery glory, the Prophet passes on his cape to Elisha; the composition is executed boldly with bright colours, the ochre border inscribed with the titles of the adjacent events.
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