Elijah the Prophet in the desert, with scenes from his life and the Deesis

Iconography:  Elijah in the Wilderness, Hagiographic cycle of Elijah the Prophet

Date: XIII century. The second half - the end of the 13th c.

Iconographic school/art center:  Pskov icon-painting school

Origin: From the Church of the Prophet Elijah in the village of Vybuty near Pskov.

Material: Wood, tempera

Dimensions:  height 141 cm, width 111 cm

The figure of the Prophet Elijah sitting against a rocky landscape is depicted in the central part of the icon. He seems to be listening to something with his left hand resting on the ankle, and his right hand raised to the ear. In the upper margin is a seven-figured half-length Deesis terminating in the Apostles Peter and Paul.

Side and bottom borders show fourteen scenes from the prophet’s life.

Border scenes

1. The Angel shows a child swaddled in fire to the sleeping Sabah predicting him the miraculous birth of his son

2. Sabah tells about his vision to the high priests.

3. Elijah forbids rain

4. Elijah meets the widow at Zarephath

5. Elijah multiplies corn in the widow’s house

6. Elijah raises of the dead the widow’s son

7. Obadiah, Ahab’s messenger, meets Elijah

8. Elijah curses king Ahab

9. The sacrifice on Mount Carmel

10. The sacrifice on Mount Carmel

11. Elijah stabs the prophets of Baal near the Kishon brooks

12. The Prophet Elisha follows Elijah

13. Elijah and Elisha cross Jordan on foot

14. The fiery ascent of the prophet Elijah

Inv. № 14907. © The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow


Государственная Третьяковская Галерея. Каталог собрания. Древнерусское искусство X — начала XV века. Том I. № 26.

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