THE PRESENT A TION IN THE TEMPLE
Pelendri, church of the Holy Cross.
Part of a festival cycle (Dodekaorton).
Tempera and gold leaf on wood primed with cloth, gesso and bole.
40,8 X 29,5 cm.
Second half of the 14th/ first half of the 15th century.
The style of this icon is a mixture of Italian primitive and the Paleologan paintings. Restored in 1994 by Vojislav Lukovic.
The scene takes place in front of the Temple’s altar. Simeon stands leaning forward on the step of the altar, holding the Infant in his hands. Jesus extends his hands to His mother standing in front of Him. Behind Virgin appear the Prophetess Ann holding an open scroll and Joseph holding two doves. The background is filled with finely worked architecture in perspective: a part of the temple with its cupola and italianizing buildings. Gilded background above and green below.
The iconostasis of the churcn of saint Nicholas, Klonari
The iconostasis in the church of Saint Nicholas at Klonari is the result of the assembling of sculpted parts from different iconostases of the 16th century. It was renovated in the 19th century, mainly in 1853. The icons of the Virgin, Christ and Saint John the Evangelist, as well as the panels in the lower part date from the 19th century; Christ and Virgin are repainted on the old 16th century icons. Reading from the floor to the top, the whole iconostasis comprises: a series of panels with painted ornamentation; the “despotic” tier of icons (only the icon of Saint John the Baptist was not repainted in the 19th century: (interrupted in the middle by the sanctuary doors now kept elsewhere); the Dodekaorton, and the Crucifixion with the lypira on the top. There is no tier with the Great Deisis. The sculpted and gilded parts are basically inspired by Gothic Flamboyant sculpture and architecture.
VIRGIN WITH CHILD
Sanida, church of the Transfiguration.
Tempera, gold leaf and gold powder on wood primed with gesso and bole.
22.5 X 18.1 cm.
Last quarter of the 15th/early 16th century.
The icon is of Italian conception in the Gothic international style.
Virgin half-length, holding the Child on the right arm and resting her left hand on his knees. Jesus blesses with his right hand and holds a gold globe surmounted by a cross in his left hand. The Virgin is dressed in a blue chiton and a red maphorion with a blue lining fastened with a round gold brooch. She wears on her head a white transparent veil whose edge only appears under the maphorion around the face and over the whole neck. The Child is dressed in a blue short-sleeved chiton and a red himation hatched with chrysography. On his right arm appears the transparent white sleeve of another garment worn under the chiton. Gilded background.
Cut from the epistyle of a former iconostasis.
Parekklisia, chapel of the Holy Cross. Now in the Bishopric of Limassol.
Tempera, gold leaf and gold powder on wood primed with cloth, gesso and red bole.
50.7 X 36.7 cm.
Late 15th century.
Archangel Gabriel half-length turned in three quarters towards the left, making a gesture of prayer towards Christ, who was situated in the centre of the epistyle before it was cut up into several pieces. Background gilded in the upper part and blue below.
SAINT NICHOLAS WITH SCENES OF HIS LIFE AND HIS MIRA CLES
Klonari, church of Saint Nicholas.
Tempera and gold leaf on wood primed with cloth, gesso and red bole.
90.9 X 62.7 cm.
Last quarter of the 15th century, with 18th century repaints.
Restored in 1989 and early 1990 by Andreas Farmakas.
Saint Nicholas figures in the centre of the icon, surrounded by two vertical bands composed of miniatures with scenes of his life and his miracles. He is standing up, en face, blessing with his right hand and holding a book with his left hand. He wears the episcopal costume. The scenes of his life alternate in turn, from left to right, in the two wide lateral bands of the icon; they are (from left to right): the birth of Saint Nicholas, his education in school, his ordination as a novice, his ordination as a bishop, the rescue of the innocents from death, the apparition of the saint in a dream to the Emperor Constantine, the rescue of a ship from sinking and the apparition of the saint in dream to the eparch Evlalios. Gilded background in the upper part and green below.
The grotto of the Nativity, topped by a rock, is framed in the bottom by two rocky hills. The Virgin is stretched out in the grotto on a large red cushion and looking straight ahead. Beside her is the Child in his cradle, swaddled, and watched over by an ox, a donkey and three angels. From a blue semicircle in the sky, emanates a luminous ray that ends with a star above the head of the Child. In front of the grotto on the left sits Joseph on a rock between two trees, thoughtful. He seems to be speaking with a shepherd standing before him, resting on his crook. The sheep graze in front of the grotlo. In the foreground on the right is the scene of the first bath of the Child; a servant holds the baby on her knees while another pours water into the basin. Behind the grotto, at the right, an angel announces the birth of Christ to a squatting shepherd, holding his flute. The arrival of the Magi figures on the left side of the scene. Gilded background.
Bibliography: Sophocleous 1990, vol. I, p. 176, vol. II, p. 139, vol. Ill, pis 89-90. Sophocleous 1991a, no. 26.