Icon depicting Abel as the forerunner of all the Christian martyrs by Unknown Artist

The subject of the icon is unusual.

Details

Medium:
Tempera & gold leaf on wooden panel
Dimensions:
107 x 41 cm
Art Fund grant:
£304 ( Total: £1,217)
Acquired in:
1989
Vendor:
Mark Gallery

Abel is dressed in a long robe of shaggy animal fur, and is identified by the inscription in Cyrillic script. Stylistically it belongs to a tradition of icon painting dating back to the earliest examples. However, by this relatively late date an attempt had already been made to introduce a more sophisticated style of icon.

Provenance

Mark Gallery.

Venue details

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery Museum Street, BLACKBURN Lancashire BB1 7AJ 01254 667130 www.blackburnmuseum.org.uk

Entry details

Free to all

Wed – Sat, 12noon – 4.45pm

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