Altarpiece

  • Unidentified, Altarpiece, 1100-1200, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.8.488

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This triptych is a form of Russian icon made during the twelfth century AD. In the tenth century, Russia was converted to Orthodox Christianity under the rule of Prince Vladimir of Kiev. He ordered all pagan images to be destroyed and built many grand churches in an attempt to win his people over to the new religion. To fill these churches, he imported Byzantine icons and furnishings, and Russian artists soon began to copy their rich, ornate forms. This piece was built in three wooden panels, decorated with pearls and precious stones.

Title
Altarpiece
Artists
Date
1100-1200
On View
Dimensions
height: 20 in. (50.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Gellatly

Classifications
Keywords
  • Religion – angel
  • Religion – saint
  • Religion – New Testament – Christ
  • Religion – New Testament – Mary
  • Religion – New Testament – Magi
Object Number
1929.8.488
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