786HAGIOGRAPHISCHES PROSKYNETARION (MONUMENTALE PILGERIKONE) Auction: 97-II
HAGIOGRAPHISCHES PROSKYNETARION (MONUMENTALE PILGERIKONE)
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A PROSKYNETARION WITH THE DEPICTION OF JERUSALEM AND SCENES FROM THE LIFE OF CHRIST Palestinian, dated 1908 Oil on canvas, the haloes made of silver, covered by a golden lacquer. The composition focuses on the central images of the walled holy city of Jerusalem and the Last Judgement (heaven and hell) directly above. The iconography of the left side of the composition is related to the Virgin. The right side is related to Christ. Both are surrounded by notably Christological scenes from the Life and Passion of Christ. The side borders portraying images of Saints and Church Fathers. The graphic composition painted with bold colours. Dated '1909'. The overall composition adheres to a description of the Holy Land as recorded in pilgrims' guidebooks known proskynetaria, with which it is linked in terms of the style of the depictions, the conventional, two-dimensional rendering of buildings, and the insistence on standard iconography in the presentation of the scenes. Monumental proskynetaria, created as souvenirs for wealthy pilgrims in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, display the notion of the Holy Land as the summation of Christian pilgrimage and pious experience. Large icons, created with similar intentions, were obviously used not only to remind their owners of their pilgrimage, but also as focal points of exclusive monastic or even private worship at home, physically distant, but spiritually intimately linked with the Holy City itself. Folds, losses. 73 x 89 cm.