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Icon Triptych: The Twelve Feasts of the Church

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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The Dodekaorton, 'Twelve Feast Cycle', is portrayed on three panels set within hinged metal frames. At the top is a central Mandylion (the Holy Towel with Christ's face) flanked by seraphs. Above are the Annunciation, Nativity, Presentation in the Temple, Baptism, Raising of Lazarus, Entry into Jerusalem; below, Transfiguration, Anastasis, Ascension, Pentecost, Old Testament Trinity, Dormition. The cycle is executed in fine detail in a figure style reminiscent of the painting 'Icon of Pokrov (The Virgin of Refuge) with Saints', Russian School.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology



16th C–17th C


oil on panel


H 13.2 x W 27.8 cm

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Presented by Miss Rosemary Rendel in memory of her parents, Sir George and Lady Rendel, 1988

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