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A VERY LARGE AND RARE ICON WITH THE VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF THE LORD'S PRAYER 'OUR FATHER' AND THE MOTHER OF GOD 'O VSEPYETAYA MATI' Russian, Old Believer's Workshop, circa 1800 Tempera on wood panel. Finely executed on gold ground. The prayer 'Our Father' rendered allegorically over two register and five scenes each one illustrating a verse; beginning from the central scene at the top frieze, God Father encircled by archangels in a double glory standing for: Our Father, who art in heaven. The lower scenes symbolising the verses: Give us today our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil (Adam and Eve in the Paradise). The figures portrayed with elongated proportions. Painted with bright colours. Minor losses. 80.2 x 28.5 cm. LARGE AND RARE ICON WITH THE 'FATHER UNCLE' AND THE MOTHER OF GOD 'O VSEPYETAJA MATI' Russia, Old Believers' workshop, c. 1800 Wooden panel with two reverse sponki. Egg tempera on chalk ground, gold ground. 80,2 x 28,5 cm. Mirror-symmetrical composition with God the Father enthroned in an aureole in the upper part. He holds up his hands in blessing. Nine archangels, standing on clouds, entourage him (Our Father, who art in heaven). In the centre of the picture a round medallion shows the Eucharistic celebration of the apostles (Hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done). Below left is the Adoration of the Three Kings, below right Adam and Eve in the Garden of Paradise, below them appears Hell (And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil). In the centre men kneel before a table (Give us this day our daily bread). Min. paint chips.

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