Description This majestic painting was created for a large iconostasis, a screen separating the altar sanctuary from the nave in Orthodox churches. Here, Abraham and Sarah sacrifice a calf to honor their guests, who reveal themselves as angels (Genesis 18:1-10). Christian theologians interpreted the three angels as Old Testament precursors of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, so the icon is inscribed "The Holy Trinity". The meal that the angels bless mirrors the sacrament of the Lord's Supper celebrated behind the iconostasis during the Divine Liturgy.
|5/01/1942||Treatment||repaired; loss compensation; coated; other|
|12/03/1954||Treatment||cleaned; loss compensation; coated; other|
|9/21/1965||Examination||examined for exhibition|
|11/27/2003||Examination||examined for condition|
|3/16/2004||Technical Report||x-ray fluorescence|
|8/27/2004||Treatment||cleaned; loss compensation; coated; other|
- Russian Art: Icons and Decorative Arts from the Origin to the Twentieth Century. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1959-1960.
- Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire's Legacy . 2017-2018.
Provenance Alexandre Polovtsoff (Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Polovtsov), Paris, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1922, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1922
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