Ilia the Prophet with a Life by Semen Kholmogorets

Ilia the Prophet with a Life by Semen Kholmogorets

This icon is recognized as the best in all Russian painting of the second half of the 17th century. It was written in the year of nomination of the master to the place of the royal grateful isograf. In the icons of Semyon Holmogorz, the virtuosity of the technique of “petty” writing, which continues the traditions of the Stroganov school, seems to reach the limit of possibilities.

Every detail is painted by the icon painter with scrupulousness, comparable to the skill of Leskovsky Lefty, who shoed a flea. The prophet with the scroll in his hand is standing in front of the God-Sabaoth in a three-quarter turn – the favorite reception of the icon painters of the 17th century, which makes it possible to most convincingly designate the three-dimensionality of the figure. In the hilly landscape, typical Russian characters are guessed.

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