Orthodox icon | Triptych | 24786


  • Typ: Russian icon
  • Material: Wood with Bronze  ico
  • Age: 19th century
  • Size: 48.5 x 26 cm | 19.1 x 10.2 in


Orthodox icon | Triptych | Saints Peter & Paul | 24786.

The icon:

At the top of this piece, a bronze icon depicts the Holy Trinity, symbolizing the New Testament with the inscription “Fatherhood of the Lord.” The term “Trinity” comes from the ancient Greek word “trias,” meaning “three” or “threefold.”

To the left, we see Saint Peter, the Apostle, holding a cross and a key, symbols of his authority and his role as the keeper of the kingdom of heaven.

On the right, Saint Paul, the Apostle is depicted with the Gospel Book, signifying his significant contribution to the New Testament.

The Legend:

It plays a pivotal role in Christian theology, representing the indivisible unity of God in three distinct entities: “Father” (God the Father), “Son” (God the Son), and “Holy Spirit” (Spirit of God). This concept emphasizes both their distinction and inseparable unity.

The “New Testament Trinity” distinctly portrays the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and originates from Greek tradition.

At the center is the revered depiction of the Mother of God, known as the “Joy of all Who Suffer.” She is shown in her full form without the child. In front of her, a crowd of distressed individuals, facing various illnesses and hardships, are guided by angels.

The feast day of this icon is October 24.

The icon dates back to the late 17th century. While praying, the sister of Patriarch Ioakim of Moscow, suffering from a severe illness, heard a voice directing her to seek solace in the icon titled “The Joy of All Sorrowful” at the Church of the Transfiguration. Following this divine guidance, she regained her health.

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