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Saints Zosimus and Sabbatius
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Saints Zosimus and Sabbatius

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Description In 1436, the two monks (later saints) Zosimus and Sabbatius founded the monastery of Solovki on an island in the White Sea, Northern Russia. This posthumous portrait shows them presenting to the Virgin and Child a detailed model of their foundation. Zosismus also holds a scrolls with the last words he addressed as advice to his monastic brethren from his deathbed.
Date Description Narrative
8/01/2000Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation; coated
8/08/2000Examinationexamined for condition
  • A Millennium of Christianity: Russian Art from The Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
Provenance Alexandre Polovtsoff (Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Polovtsov), Paris, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1930, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] Не скорбите оубо, братия моя, но по семоу разоумѣйте, аще дѣла мо[я] угодна буду[т] п(е)ред [Богом]; [Translation] Do not grieve, my brethren, but understand from this that my works will be pleasing to God.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1930

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17th century (Early Modern)
tempera on wood
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 12 5/16 x W: 10 3/4 x D: 1 5/16 in. (31.2 x 27.3 x 3.3 cm)


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