The icon is a fragment of the Royal gates of the iconostasis, in which it was on the left leaf below. The inscription with the name of the evangelist was not preserved, but according to the type of face and text in his book he is easily identified as Luke. On the back of the inscription in the handwriting of the second half of the XIX century: “Attributed to Andrew of Crete and the martyr Agrippen.” These saints are depicted in the fields.
The icon of Evangelist Luke belongs to the aristocratic line in the art of Moscow at the end of the 16th century. Graceful drawing, gentle color, refined rhythm, skill and thoroughness of execution testify that the customer of the Royal gates, of which the image is part, belonged to an elite environment. A highly artistic work of museum significance.