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Icon Triptych: God the Father and six Saints
Oil on panel; 18.7 x 22.2 cm (open); 11.5 cm (closed).
Prov: The Revd Greville John Chester.
Purchased, 1968; AN1872.593.
Small gilded wooden triptych with figures inscribed in Greek, has a note on the verso stating 'Greek triptych of Russian make'. The central portion features a western type of God the Father emerging from a cloud above a separate inset panel with the Church Father Gregory of Nazianzus and the military St Sergius. On the wings stand (on the left) St Euphemia and St Irene and (on the right) two other female saints.
Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.
Link to the BBC's Your Paintings page of the Public Catalogue Foundation