2 December 2009
PALEKH, LAST QUARTER TO END OF THE 18TH CENTURY
61.5 by 41.2 cm.
The complex shape of the icon panel suggests that it was originally intended as part of an iconostasis, perhaps from the Church Feasts Tier. However, it could have been a patronal icon in a small church or private chapel. The artist closely followed the old Rublev scheme in the rendering of the angels’ silhouettes and postures, but he also expanded the composition by introducing the figures of Abraham and Sarah waiting at the table of the divine visitors. This icon is a rare example of a monumental composition by a late 18th century Palekh master. The soft voluminous rendering of the faces and the fine assists of the robes are combined with the deep and tender shades of pure colours typical for Palekh, the pearl-like opalescent draperies and mountains and the saturated chiaroscuro effects all make the painting appear like a jewel and lend the icon a particularly exquisite look.
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