19th century icon of Christ Enthroned.
Wooden panel back of a Russian Icon.

Christ Enthroned

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reference number: RI_175

19th century

tempera on wooden panel

53.5 x 44 cm

The image of Christ sitting on a magnificent carved, golden throne, clad in solemn priestly garments, holding an open Book of Gospels is one of the main iconographic types of the Saviour. Christ is portrayed as all-powerful judge of humanity, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords, and the Divine Logos  (Greek: Λόγος, ”Word”, “Discourse”, or “Reason”) the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. The lengthy inscription on the pages of the Gospel is dedicated to the mystery of the Trinity: “All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him” (Matthew 11:27)

The iconography of Christ enthroned traditionally associated with the Last Judgement and was based on prophetic texts.

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