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John the Baptist with Scene from His Life (handmade icon, wood, egg tempera, golden leaf)

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The most famous Yasoslavl icon, "John the Baptist with Scenes from His Life" comes from the Cathedral of the Assumption, from where it was taken in 1920 to be restored and then transferred in 1930 to the Tretyakov Gallery.
As in the sixteenth century, the Yaroslavl masters chose to portray him as the winged Angel of the Wilderness, dressed in a hair shirt and holding a chalice. This severe, idealized image of the ascete created by painters living in the harsh times of Ivan the Terrible’s reign evidently appealed to them, but whereas they remained faithful to the prescribed canon for the central figure, the border scenes from the life of John the Baptist are painted in the style of the Stroganov school in the first half of the seventeenth century.
As in the Stroganov icons, John the Baptist is shown against a wooded landscape. The foreground, however, is taken up with all manner of buildings based on West European models so beloved by Yaroslavl painters. The spurs of the luxuriantly forested hills have miniature human figures so tiny that they might well have come from the small icons of the Stroganov school.
There are also tiny figures of animals and mysterious creatures which were allegedly seen by John the Baptist in the wilderness and which very much resemble dinosaurs. It is difficult to make them out even at very close range.
The painter takes an excessive delight in detail, to such an extent that he goes beyond the bounds of reason and places miniature objects next to very large ones.
Yaroslavl masters were frequently carried away by their passion for narrative detail. In their desire to narrate as much as possible, they occasionally ignored the overall harmony of the composition and the fact that such small figures were out of place on icons which stood a considerable distance away from the con¬gregation. They even painted in miniature on icons intended for the second and third tiers of the iconostasis.

Replica painted using orthodox technique (wood, egg tempera, golden leaf).
The icon is drawn according to canon.

handmade icon, wood, egg tempera, golden leaf,mastic resin
25x40 cm
The most famous Yasoslavl icon, "John the Baptist with Scenes from His Life" comes from the Cathedral of the Assumption, from where it was taken in 1920 to be restored and then transferred in 1930 to the Tretyakov Gallery.
As in the sixteenth century, the Yaroslavl masters chose to portray him as the winged Angel of the Wilderness, dressed in a hair shirt and holding a chalice. This severe, idealized image of the ascete created by painters living in the harsh times of Ivan the Terrible’s reign evidently appealed to them, but whereas they remained faithful to the prescribed canon for the central figure, the border scenes from the life of John the Baptist are painted in the style of the Stroganov school in the first half of the seventeenth century.
As in the Stroganov icons, John the Baptist is shown against a wooded landscape. The foreground, however, is taken up with all manner of buildings based on West European models so beloved by Yaroslavl painters. The spurs of the luxuriantly forested hills have miniature human figures so tiny that they might well have come from the small icons of the Stroganov school.
There are also tiny figures of animals and mysterious creatures which were allegedly seen by John the Baptist in the wilderness and which very much resemble dinosaurs. It is difficult to make them out even at very close range.
The painter takes an excessive delight in detail, to such an extent that he goes beyond the bounds of reason and places miniature objects next to very large ones.
Yaroslavl masters were frequently carried away by their passion for narrative detail. In their desire to narrate as much as possible, they occasionally ignored the overall harmony of the composition and the fact that such small figures were out of place on icons which stood a considerable distance away from the con¬gregation. They even painted in miniature on icons intended for the second and third tiers of the iconostasis.

Replica painted using orthodox technique (wood, egg tempera, golden leaf).
The icon is drawn according to canon.

handmade icon, wood, egg tempera, golden leaf,mastic resin
25x40 cm

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(4)
  • Reviewed by Katarzyna Gibas
    5 out of 5 stars
    Apr 11, 2018
    I am pleased every time when I'm watching this icon.
    Looking beautiful in real. Aranka is very talented and was helpful to answer my questions.
    Many thanks for this icon.
    Truly magnificent piece of art.
    Pantocrator

  • Reviewed by Christine
    5 out of 5 stars
    Dec 8, 2015
    This icon is every bit as beautiful in real life as it is in the picture, if not more so. Aranka Pankovits is a very skilled and sensitive iconographer, with a fine attention to detail, making the icons stand out from the run-of-the-mill.

    Communication was outstanding, and Aranka Pankovits went to great lengths to ensure I received the icon (notwithstanding a lengthy US Customs process). I could not have asked for a better, more open transaction, and wholeheartedly recommend this vendor.
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  • Reviewed by Fr. Ken Geraci
    5 out of 5 stars
    Sep 9, 2014
    Icon looks much better than picture showed. Total quality, perfect communication by seller. I was very concerned that I was going to get scammed, by purchasing from half-way around the world. But everything went perfect. I could not be happier with the transaction.
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  • Reviewed by Anonymous
    5 out of 5 stars
    Mar 28, 2013
    Lovely icon! So pleased and blessed to have this Serbian icon! Thank you!
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John the Baptist with Scene from His Life (handmade icon, wood, egg tempera, golden leaf)

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  • Handmade item
  • Size: 25x40 cm
  • Materials: gold leaf, egg tempera, wood, mastic resin
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