Lot 706

Icon of John the Evangelist
94 x 51.5 cm.
Russia, probably Moscow, around 1600.

egg tempera on wood. The Evangelist John belonged, just like his older brother Jacobus and the Evangelist Matthew, to the twelve disciples of Jesus. At the Sea of Galilee they, the two sons of the fisherman Zebedeus, were called by Jesus and they followed Him (Mat. 4,19-20). Both also witnessed the transfiguration of the Lord on Mount Tabor, participated in the Last Supper and accompanied Christ to the Mount of Olives. However, John was the only one of the twelve disciples who stood under the cross without fear of the consequences that might befall him as a disciple of Jesus, so that Christ imposed the care of Mary on him (Joh. 19,26- 27). In our icon, which shows John turned to the left in full figure, he carries the book closed in front of him. Both his red robe and his green cloak are magnificently reproduced, so that a dating to the end of the 16th or beginning of the 17th century is justified. The disc-like aureole in gold leaf. Margin with icon title. (1241473) (13)