Icon: A Large Triptychon with the Calendar Year | P-22
Origin Russia
Period : 19th century
: 70 x 104 cm (open)
Private Collection, Germany
The large Triptychon showing all saints and feasts of the orthodox calendar year on a silver ground. The earliest representation of painted calendars in Russia, the frescoes in the church of St Symeon at the Zverin Monastery, date to the second half of the 15th century. In the mid-16th century considerable attention was paid to the compilation of various collections of the lives of the saints, together with legends about them and services dedicated to them. Calendar icons became highly popular in Russia during the 18th and 19th century. The present triptych is of unusual form and size.