comprising: two small icons painted in miniature style in bright colours on gold grounds, the first with Christ accompanied by his disciples, raising Lazarus from the grave, Lazarus' sisters Martha and Mary having fallen at Christ's feet, and a group of Jews emerging from the walled city of Bethany; the second painted with Christ riding towards the city of Jerusalem, accompanied by his disciples, a group of Jews welcoming him as a child chops branches from a tree
The miniature style and highly accomplished painting of the two panels, with the gold background and the typical colour scheme dominated by ochre, intense red, rose and dark blue, follow the Cretan tradition. The source of the composition of the icons is to be found in Byzantine Palaeologan painting. A strong influence of the work of the icon painter Theophanes the Cretan, famous for his frescoes and icons at Meteora and on Mount Athos, is discernable; the iconography seen here relates directly to his Raising of Lazarus and the Entry into Jerusalem in the iconostasis from the Stavronikita monastery, dating from 1546.
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