Painting school of Palekh
35.5 x 31 cm | 14.0 x 12.2 in
Beginning of the 19th century
In the center is the resurrection from the grave and the descent into the underworld (the realm of the dead). Christ on the crushed gates of the realm of the dead, tears Adam and Eve out of the maw of death and with them the righteous of the Old Testament, led by an angel and John the forerunner. In paradise the Grateful Thief and the Prophet Elias. Top left Peter at the grave and bottom right Jesus and Peter at the Sea of Galilee.
The liturgy of the “Great and Holy Thursday”, as “Maundy Thursday” is called in the Eastern Church, includes Jesus’ last supper with his disciples and thus the institution of the Eucharist, the washing of the disciples’ feet, Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane and Jesus’ surrender through the betrayal of Judas.
Gilded background. Beautiful miniature painting from the Painting School of Palekh.