Fiery Ascent of the prophet Elijah

Iconography:  Fiery Ascension of Elijah the Prophet

Date: XVI century.

Iconographic school/art center:  Pskov icon-painting school

Material: Wood, canvas, levkas, tempera

Dimensions:  height 59 cm, width 79 cm

In the upper right corner of the icon is depicted the three-color quadrant with the blessing arm of God. To the left above the fiery “whirlwind” surrounding the figure of ascending prophet Elijah in the fiery chariot is represented the half-figure of archangel Michael. In the lower left part of the composition is shown Elisha grasping the mantle of the prophet Elijah. He stands near the river flow (Jordan river) and to the right is depicted the cavern with a stone where Elijah hid from the tsarina Jezebel after slaying the pagan priests.

Inv. № 1716. © Pskov State United Historical, Architectural and Fine Arts Museum-Reserve

Bibliography: Васильева О.А. Иконы Пскова. М., 2006. № 30. С. 110.

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