Orthodox icon | Saint Apostle and Evangelist Mark | 24994

Russian icon

32 x 32 cm | 12.6 x 12.6 in

19th century

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


The evangelist is shown sitting while writing his gospel. The first letters are visible: “The beginning (of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Son of God…)”.

In the background a lion: the symbol of the evangelist.

Mark was a Jew who converted to Christianity. Born Levite John Mark, he was the son of Mary, in whose house the early Christians held their meetings (Acts 12:12). His name Markus reveals his Hellenistic descent. According to tradition, he was converted to Christianity under the influence of Peter and from then on acted as his interpreter, since Peter had hardly any knowledge of the Greek language. He is considered the patron saint of Venice and the island of Reichenau; the builders, masons, glaziers, glass painters, lantern makers, basket makers, mat makers, notaries and scribes; against storms, lightning, hail, scabies, torments and impenitent or sudden death; for good weather and good harvest.

Beautiful gold painting (assist) on the robe. A carved gilded mount.

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