Joseph Asks Pilate for the Body of Jesus Christ

Iconography:  Joseph Asks Pilate for the Body of Jesus Christ

Date: XIX century. Second half of the 19th century.

Origin: From a church at the village of Yarlykovo, Ivanovsky region. Received by the museum in the 1960s from a scientific expedition around the Ivanovo region.

Material: Wood, levkas, tempera, gold

Dimensions:  height 36,9 cm, width 27,2 cm

The Roman soldier brings to Pilate Joseph who appeals to him for permission to remove the body of Jesus from the cross. The scene is set against the chambers culminating in a tower. The icon is from the Passion tier of the iconostasis. The icon is executed in a typically Palekh soft manner of facial painting in several coats of ochre laid over olive sankir with weak rouge and dotted white after-treatment. The prevailing colors in this subdued color palette are ochre, reddish-orange and pink tones and the shadings of brown, green and blue.

Registration number ГМПИ 2852. ДИ-543-И. © The State Museum of Palekh Art


1. Палехская школа 1923-1950. Лаковые миниатюры иконописцев. Мюнхен, 2011. № 9. С. 24-25, 40.

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