Head of Christ

Emmanuel Tzanès Greek

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303

These exquisitely detailed images of the Virgin [33.79.15] and Christ are by one of the greatest artists of the post-Byzantine period, Emmanuel Tzanès, who worked on the island of Crete. They are arranged on the left and right, as is standard on templons and later on the iconostasis. Their poses and dress follow the Byzantine tradition. The elaborate detailing of the halos reflects contemporary Western influence.

Head of Christ, Emmanuel Tzanès (Greek, active by 1636–died 1690), Tempera on wood, gold ground

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