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Christ in Glory

Russian (Novgorod?) Painter (late 15th century)
Tempera on wood
42 1/8 x 30 7/8 in. (107 x 78.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of George R. Hann, 1944
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed: (top, in Greek) Jesus Christ; (three corners, in Greek) with the names of the Evangelists; (on book, in Old Church Slavonic) Come to me and be judged justly
George R. Hann, Sewickley, Pa. (by 1935/37–1944; probably acquired in Russia)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Exhibition of Russian Icons in the Collection of George R. Hann," 1944, no. 29 (as from the collection of George R. Hann).

Pittsburgh. Carnegie Museum of Art. "George R. Hann Collection: Russian Icons and Objects of Ecclesiatsical and Decorative Arts," January 12–February 22, 1944, no. 29 (as from the collection of George R. Hann).

Leonid Ouspensky and Vladimir Lossky. The Meaning of Icons. 1952, pp. 72–73, ill. (color), call it "Christ Pantocrator" and place it in the end of the 15th century; comment on the symbolism and translate the composite text inscribed in the open book, from John 7:24 and Matthew 7:2.

Vitale Manin. Letter. received March 8, 1977, identifies it as "Christ Pantocrator" and dates it probably in the 16th century; notes that the Saviour is enthroned by a glory (a red zhomboid), an oval (heavenly powers), and a quadrangle (symbol of earth)—he is thus the ruler of heaven and earth.

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