The Dormition

The DormitionBehind the elongated deathbed of Mary surrounded by mourning apostles is a large image of Christ with the soul of his mother on his arm, completely surrounded by an aureole. Above his head is an angel with six wings. The two bishops could be Hierotheos and Dionysius, who were both disciples of Paul and bishop of Athens.

Size 27 x 35 cm (10.6 x 13.8 inches)

Christ in Majesty

Christ in MajestyDressed in beautiful robes and a crown-like headdress, Christ sits on the throne which his Father has prepared for him in heaven. The cross of his suffering has been changed into the sceptre of his majesty and dominion.

Size 24 x 29 cm (9.4 x 11.4 inches)

Mary Magdalene in the Garden with Christ

Mary Magdalene in the Garden with ChristMary Magdalene recognies Jesus in the garden after his Resurrection and says in Hebrew “Rabboni” (Master). Jesus says: “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father”. At the sepulchre is the empty tomb with the grave clothes that were wrapped around the body of Christ. John 20:1-18.

Size 42 x 28 cm (16.5 x 11.0 inches)

The Descent into Limbo (The Resurrection)

The Descent into Limbo (The Resurrection)The resurrected Christ is standing in the light flooding down from above, over the abyss of darkness, where the broken doors and hinges are still visible. Christ has liberated from hell the forefathers and Kings of the Old Testament, now standing behind him, as well as Eve. Finally Christ pulls out Adam into the light of mercy. Above, angels soar with the Cross and tools of torture in their hands. The picture is traditional.

Size: 28 x 43 cm ( 11.0 x 16.9 inches)

The Crucifixion

The CrucifixionChrist hangs on the Cross, surrounded by six angels. In the foreground are four weeping women, with the Virgin amongst them. To the right are John and the Roman centurion Longinus. In the cave one can see the skull of Adam. The kneeling figures in the foreground are probably the donors and/or the patrons of the icon.

Size: 42 x 30 cm (16.5 x 11.8 inches)

The Entry into Jerusalem

The Entry into JerusalemIn the centre of this icon, Christ is riding on a colt* to Jerusalem. The apostles, led by Peter, follow their Lord. In the foreground children are spreading clothes and branches on the ground. The branches are taken from the trees in the centre. To the right, the citizens of Jerusalem come to greet Christ. This is described in John 12:12-15, Matthew 21:1-11 and Luke 19:28-40. (*Matthew and John describe Jesus riding on an ass, Luke uses the word colt, which is a young horse)

Size: 41 x 30 cm (16.1 x 11.8 inches)

The Raising of Lazarus

The Raising of LazarusThe most impressive miracle done by Jesus in the presence of his disciples and followers was the raising of Lazarus, who had already been in his grave for three days. This event was celebrated by the earliest Christian communities as a prophecy of the resurrection of Christ himself. In spite of all the people in the icon, it emanates an atmosphere of serenity and one’s eye is drawn to Christ, pointing with his arm to Lazarus raised from the dead.

Size: 42 x 28 cm (16.5 x 11.0 inches)

The Transfiguration on Mount Tabor

The Transfiguration on Mount TaborThis event has been one of the most important days to celebrate in the Greek Orthodox Church since the 6th century. The icon represents the events as described in Matthew 17:1-13, Mark 9:1-12 and Luke 9:28-36. Christ is standing in a dazzling light on a mountain, with Moses to his right and Elijah to his left. Kneeling below him is the apostle Peter who is pointing to Christ, with the apostles James and John beside him.

Size: 41 x 28 cm (16.2 x 11.0 inches)

The Circumcision of Christ

The Circumcision of ChristThe Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates the circumcision of Christ on the 1st of January. Icons with this theme are quite rare, and the origin of this one is St. Petersburg. In the Bible, only the evangelist Luke describes this event. Luke 2:21

Size: 31 x 40 cm (12.2 x 15.8 inches)

The Nativity

The NativityChrist is lying in a manger in a cave. The Virgin is lying on a bed. At the bottom left, the child is being given his first bath. Nearby Joseph is deep in thought, with a shepherd in front of him. In the top left, the three wise men on horseback point to the star of Bethlehem. Over the cave is a multitude of the heavenly host praising God. To the right, an angel proclaims the birth to the shepherds. Luke 2:1-20.

Size: 38 x 48 cm (15.0 x 18.9 inches)