Icon with Christ Pantepotes and the Chorus of Saints


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303

This complex icon composition contains more than one hundred tiny figures. In the center sits Christ, identified as Overseer of All. Twelve scenes from Christ’s life surround the central image. Panels with “choruses” of saints frame the icon, each showing Christ Emmanuel blessing a different group of saints, named in inscriptions.

Icon with Christ Pantepotes and the Chorus of Saints, Steatite, Byzantine

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