Resurrection –Descent into Hell, with the feasts

Iconography:  Resurrection – The Descent into Hell, Selected holidays

Date: XVII century. Late XVIIth – early XVIIIth century

Iconographic school/art center:  Kholmogory

Origin: was removed from the church of the Nativity of the Mother of God (1709) in the village Borok (Chelmokhta) in Kholmogorsky district, Archangelskaya region

Material: Wood, cut-back central portion, levkas, tempera

Dimensions:  height 126 cm, width 96 cm

In the centerpiece is depicted the Ascension (iconographic type of the Descent into Hell) including Christ crushing the gates of Hell and leading Adam and Eve out of it, and also John the Forerunner, the Old Testament tsars and prophets against the background of symmetric hills.   
Border scenes:
1. The Holy Trinity;
2. Presentation in the temple;
3. Annunciation;
4. The Nativity of Christ;
5. The Circumcision of Christ;
6. The Meeting of the Lord;
7. The Theophany;
8. The Raising of Lazarus;
9. The Entry into Jerusalem;
10. The Crucifixion;
11. The Proofing of the Apostle Thomas
12. The Intercession of the Most Holy Queen.

Registration number ДРЖ-305. © State Museum Association «Art Culture of the Russian North»

1. Иконы Русского Севера. Шедевры древнерусской живописи Архангельского музея изобразительных искусств. М., 2007. Т. 2. № 164. С. 282-285.
2. Кольцова Т.М. Искусство Холмогор XVI-XVIII веков. М. Северный паломник. 2009. № 194-196.

  • General view
  • Centrepiece