The Resurrection and Descent into Hell with Festivals

Palekh School
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reference number: RI_031

early 19th century

tempera and gold on wooden panel in silver-gilt oklad

36 x 30 cm


assay master’s mark: Cyrillic initials A.Ya. of Alexander Yashinov

assay mark of St.Petersburg, 1816

silver standard: 84 zolotnik

        Border scenes:


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1. The Nativity of the Mother of God;

2. The Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple;

3. The Annunciation to the Mother of God;

4. The Nativity of Christ;

5. The Presentation of Christ in the Temple;

6. The Baptism of Christ;

7. The Entrance of Christ into Jerusalem;

8. The Transfiguration;

9. The Ascension;

10. The Old Testament Trinity;

11.  The Dormition;

12. The Elevation of the Holy Cross.


The icon is painted in the miniature style. The central scene is a two-part composition which combines the Resurrection and the Descent into Hell (Anastasis). The upper part of the composition portrays Christ’s resurrection from the tomb. In the lower part, Christ is depicted standing on the broken Gates of Hell and extending his arm to Adam. Around him is the Procession of the Elect led by the Archangel Michael.


The central panel is circumscribed by twelve major church festivals clockwise from top left: the Nativity of the Virgin, the Entrance of the Virgin into the Temple, the Annunciation of the Virgin, the Nativity of Christ, the Baptism of Christ, the Transfiguration of Christ, the Elevation of the Cross, the Dormition of the Virgin, the Old Testament Trinity, the Ascension of Christ, the Entrance into Jerusalem and the Presentation of the Christ Child at the Temple.

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