The Archangel Gabriel from the Deesis Tier
Tver. Mid- 15th century
- Wood, gesso, tempera. 210 х 97 х 3,5
Пост.: 1940 вместе с иконами пророческого яруса из Кашинского краеведческого музея, куда были переданы из городского Воскресенского собора
- From the Iconostasis of the Transfiguration Cathedral in Tver
Gabriel (in Hebrew: God’s strength and force), one of the angels of the Christian, Jewish and Islamic religions, is the messenger and servitor of the almighty. He is one of the holy angels and is referred to as an archangel in the Book of Enoch. In the Old and New Testament he shares the Good News and is the interpreter of the holy revelations. He was sent to Daniel in order to interpret his visions.
In the New Testament, the archangel Gabriel is the prophet of the birth of John the Baptist (Luke 1, 8-22) and preaches the birth of Jesus Christ to Virgin Mary (Luke 1, 26-38).
The type of depiction is traditional to the 15th century icon painting and follows the iconography of the deesis icons of the Annunciation Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin. The Archangel is depicted in full-length, a three-quarter turn to the left with a sphere in his right hand. He is dressed in a green cloak and a blue tunic.