The subject of the icon is unusual.
Icon depicting Abel as the forerunner of all the Christian martyrs by Unknown Artist, 17001725
© Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery
- Tempera & gold leaf on wooden panel
- 107 x 41 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £304 ( Total: £1,217)
- Acquired in:
- 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.
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