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An important icon of the fiery ascent of the Prophet Elijah, Novgorod or its environs, 16th century

An important icon of the fiery ascent of the Prophet Elijah, Novgorod or its environs, 16th century

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An important icon of the fiery ascent of the Prophet Elijah, Novgorod or its environs, 16th century


Elijah ascends to Heaven in a chariot of fire borne aloft by two Angels, while his disciple Elisha reaches out for the hem of his master’s fleece; below, the Prophet is shown being woken by an Angel, who brings him bread to sustain him in his monastic exploits (1 Kings 19:5-18)


75.3 by 54.2cm; 29⅝ by 21⅜ in.

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A.V. Morozov Collection

Muzei Farfora (Porcelain Museum), no. 182, hand-written label on the reverse

NarKomPros (People’s Committee for Enlightenment) Department of Museum Affairs, no. 5888, hand-written label on the reverse

Tretyakov Gallery, label and painted inventory no. 13907gtg on reverse

Antiquariat, invoice no. 16301

The collection of George R. Hann: this icon was sold by the Bolsheviks to George R. Hann in the 1930s, in whose collection it remained until his death in 1979 and the below sale

Christie's New York, The George R. Hann Collection: Part One, 17-18 April 1980, lot 72

Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

A. Avinoff, ‘A Loan Exhibition of Russian Icons’ in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. II, no. 8, April 1944, p. 229

R. Cortissoz, ‘From Russian and Other Sources’ in The New York Herald Tribune, 14 December 1941, p. 8, illustrated

A. Koiransky, Russian Icons: Timely Aeshetic’ in Art News, vol. XLI, no. 7, 15-31 May 1942, p. 11, illustrated

T.T. Rice, A Concise History of Russian Art, Praeger Pub., New York – Washington, 1963, pl. 72

H. Skrobucha, Meisterwerke der Ikonenmalerie, Verlag Aurel Bongers, Recklingshausen, 1961, plate, p. 72

Exhibition catalogue, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Russian Icons and Objects of Ecclesiastical and Decorative Arts from the Collection of George R. Hann, 12 Jan - 22 Feb 1944, no. 47, listed p. 57, illustrated p. 96

Exhibition catalogue, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, Exhibition of Russian Icons from the Collection of George R. Hann, May 1945, no. 47, listed p. 31, illustrated p. 41, fig. 8

New York, The Century Club, Russian Icons, 4 December 1940 – 4 January 1941, no. 30
Pittsburgh, Carnegie Institute, Collection of George R. Hann, 12 January – 22 February 1944, no. 47
New York, Collection of George R. Hann, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 16 April – 30 September 1944
Syracuse, Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, Collection of George R. Hann, 3 December 1044 – 17 January 1945, no. 22
Columbus, Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Collection of George R. Hann, 10 February – 10 March 1945, no. 22
Indianapolis, John Herron Art Museum, Collection of George R. Hann, 25 March – 29 April 1945, no. 22
Oberlin, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Exhibition of Russian Icons from the Collection of George R. Hann, 29 April – 21 May 1945
St Louis, The St Louis Art Museum, Russian Icons and Objects of Ecclesiastical and Decorative Arts, 15 September – 15 October 1945