Myrrh-bearers standing by the Lord’s Tomb

Iconography:  Myrrh-bearers standing by the Lord’s Tomb ((The Angel presents himself to the Myrrhbearers)

Date: XVI century.

Iconographic school/art center:  Pskov icon-painting school

Origin: From the church of Myrrh-Bearers in Pskov

Material: Wood, canvas, levkas, tempera

Dimensions:  height 78 cm, width 57 cm

The icon shows five myrrh-bearers holding the vessels in their hands bending over the empty tomb with the white shrouds lying in it. At the head of the Lord’s Tomb is sitting the angel attired in the white clothes holding a thin baton in his hand, announcing the Resurrection of the Savior. Above, between the angel and the myrrh-bearers in the split of the rocky rocks can be seen the figure of Christ and to His left is depicted kneeling Mary Magdalene. The Savior is pointing at the town surrounded by the vallum which symbolizes the Jerusalem above.

Inv. № 1594. © Pskov State United Historical, Architectural and Fine Arts Museum-Reserve

Bibliography: Васильева О.А. Иконы Пскова. М., 2006. № 67. С. 246.

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