Ever-Watchful Eye

Iconography:  Ever Watchful Eye of Our Lord

Date: XVI century.

Iconographic school/art center:  Pskov icon-painting school

Material: Wood, levkas, tempera

Dimensions:  height 31,5 cm, width 24 cm

In the centre of the composition is depicted Christ Emmanuel lying on the bed and sleeping with his eyes wide open. The Mother of God intercedes with Him. To His left are depicted the angels with the ripidia and the instruments of Christ’s sufferings. The composition unfolds against the background of the rampant flora symbolizing the paradise. The icon has a number of peculiarities: there is no mountain on it (where the Christ’s bed ought to be placed), and the depiction of the vault of heaven with the sun and the moon is also worth mentioning.

Inv. № 1726. © Pskov State United Historical, Architectural and Fine Arts Museum-Reserve

Bibliography: Васильева О.А. Иконы Пскова. М., 2006. № 96. С. 212.

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