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Collections Holy Metropolis of Limnos and Ag. Eustratios

Item ID: 320
Item Number: 14
Collection: Holy Metropolis of Limnos and Ag. Eustratios
Item Name: The Transfiguration of Christ
Item Type: Icon
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Year: 17th century
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Dimensions: 47,5Χ32,5Χ2,8
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Current position: Saint Demetrius Church –Kontopouli


Description: On the top of the central peak of Mt Tabor, Christ is depicted standing in bright and shining garments, an ochre cloak and a white tunic. He is presented full length within a double elliptic triangular mandorla with emanating rays in each side, and terminating in three conical edges. He is occupying the central axis of the icon, intelligibly dividing the panel into two parts. His right hand is raised in an attitude of benediction.
Saint John and Saint Jacob are depicted in great pictorial execution and realism at the foot of hill, falling to the ground in terror, struck in wonder before the divine manifestation. Saint Peter is presented full length at the bottom of the mountain holding his face and gazing Christ with amazement.
On the left side of the panel, the Disciples of Christ are depicted in an accenting movement towards to the peak of the mountain, while on the right side of the panel they are depicted descending the mountain.
This particular detail follows the stylistic characteristics established by the Paleologan School (13th-14th), adopted by the great iconographer Theofanis and was widely used in the 16th century around Mount Athos area and the Northwest of Greece.
Christ is flanked, to the left side by the Prophet Elijah in an attitude of benediction and Prophet Moses to the right side holding the tablets of the Law with his both hands.
Ichnographically and stylistically, the icon can be placed in the 17th century.