Apostle John the Evangelist and St. Prochorus on the island of Patmos with missionary journey of John the Evangelist

Iconography:  John the Evangelist and St. Prochorus on the island of Patmos, Хождение Иоанна Богослова

Date: XVI century. Middle of the 16th century

Icon-painter: Moscow iconographers (?)

Origin: From the Pokrov monastery in Suzdal.

Material: Wood, levkas, tempera

Dimensions:  height 118 cm, width 85 cm

The apostle is represented full-length, in a three-quarter turn, his hands raised in prayer. He is praying to Christ Whose half-figure is shown in the upper right corner of the centerpiece in the quadrant. To the right of St. John is depicted St. Prochorus in the cavern sitting on the stone and writing down the Gospel text to the apostle’s dictation. The icon has twenty border-scenes illustrating the Christian testimony of the apostle in Ephesus and on the island of Patmos. 

Border scenes: 

1. Farewell to the apostles in Gethsemane. 

2. St. John and St. Prochorus sail to Asia Minor 

3. St. Prohorus in dudgeon. St. Prochorus in front of the elders of Seleucia 

4. Meeting of St. Prochorus and St. John on the beach forty days after the shipwreck. 

5. Meeting of St. John, St.Prochorus and Romana at the city of Ephesus 

6. The prayer of St. John raises from the dead young Domnos (son of Dioscorides) strangled by the demon in the bath. 

7. Raising Dioscorides from the dead. 

8. Baptizing of Dioscorides and his son Domnos. 

9. Destruction of graven image of Artemis. Citizens of Ephesus stone St. John. 

10. Those who stoned St. John fall dead. (?) 

11. Those who escaped death fall down at St. John’s feet begging him to resurrect the dead. (?) 

12. Votaries of Apollo (inscription – «иереи») fall down at the feet of the famous magician of Patmos, hermit Cinope, asking him for help against St. John. 

13. St. John drives out the demon sent by Cinope. 

14. Death of Cinope in the depths of the sea. 

15. Beating of St. John after the death of Cinope. (?) 

16. Testimony of St. John at the house of Myron. 

17. Meeting of St. John and young men destined to be sacrificed to the demon wolf. 

18. St. John drives the demon wolf out from the island of Patmos. 

19. St. John rescues the twelve young men who were destined to be sacrificed to the demon wolf. 

20. Farewell to St. Prochorus and burial of St. John the Evangelist.

Inv. № В-6300/54 

© The Vladimir-Suzdal History, Architecture and Art Museum and Reserve 

Bibliography: Иконы Владимира и Суздаля. М., 2006. № 32. С. 186-189. (Описание Л.В. Нерсесяна).

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