NICOLAS KALERGIS SIGNED ICON OF THE ELEOUSA MOTHER OF GOD ELEUSA A SIGNED ICON OF THE ELEOUSA MOTHER OF GOD Greece, circa 1720 Greece, about 1720 single plate. Egg tempera on chalk ground, background gilt. 19.5 x 15.5 cm. At the lower egg tempera on a gessoed wood panel. The Mother of God holding Christ with tenderness, the latter grasping the hand of his Mother. Their faces touching each other. Painted with a combination of red and blue on a gold ground. Greek inscription on the lower border with signature in red 'Deisis Tou Doulou Tou Theou Nikolaou Katrami Kheir Nikolaou Kalergis Tou Kriti'. The border with a black scrolling foliate design over bands of red, white and yellow. The edges minimally chipped, minimally restored. 19.5 x 15.5 cm. located. The second painter, son of the priest and icon painter Frangiskos Kalergis, was There are two painters with the recorded name Nicholas Kalergis neither of whom is known to have signed works as in this icon. The first, with only one known panel signed by him and dated 1651 in the museum of Heraklion, Crete, and the second who was active between 1699 and 1747, the son of the priest and icon painter Frangiskos Kalergis. Born on Crete he left Rethymon when it fell to the Ottomans in 1645 and settled on Zakynthos where his output was considerable and which includes a number of wall paintings and numerous icons some of which are held in the Zakynthos Museum. Kallergis painted in a range of styles and is known to have copied old icons brought to Zakynthos by Cretan refugees. An icon of St. Spiridon with scenes from his life in the Velimezis Collection, signed and dated 1744 is one of the last known dated works by Kalergis.
NICOLAS KALERGIS SIGNED ICON WITH THE MOTHER OF GOD ELEUSA Greece, around 1720 Single plate. Egg tempera on chalk ground, background gilt. 19.5 x 15.5 cm. Greek inscription at lower margin, signature in red 'Deisis Tou Doulou Tou Theou Nikolaou Katrami Kheir Nikolaou Kalergis Tou Kriti'. Loving reproduction of the Mother of God in tender embrace with her son, who has turned his gaze towards his mother. Vegetable border. Two icon painters with the name of Nicolas Kalergis have survived. Of one of them only one signed icon is known, dated 1651 and is in the museum in Heraklion, Crete. The second painter, son of the priest and icon painter Frangiskos Kalergis, was active between 1699 and 1747. He left Crete following the Ottoman occupation of Crete in 1645 and settled in Zakynthos. In the museum there, some icons and wall paintings are preserved. Kalergis painted in numerous styles and copied old icons brought by refugees from Crete. An icon with the vita of Saint Spiridon in the Velimezis collection is the latest example of his work, dated 1744. Edges slightly dam., slightly rest.
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