Belarusian School of Icon Painting

The Christ Pantocrator
[Hrystos Usedziarzhycel']

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XVI century

Author unknown

Wooden board, egg tempera
150 x 110 x 3 cm

The icon is currently in the Church of Dormition (built in 1654) in Bycen' village, Ivacevichy region,  Brest voblasc'.

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The church was built in 1654 in early Baroque style as a Catholic Chapel at the Basilian Monastery. It was converted into Eastern Orthodox Christian church of Dormition in 1845.

The Christ Pantokrator icon was described by 3rd expedition of the National Art Museam of Byelorussian SSR in 1958. It was restored by P.R. Zhurbej  in 1989 in Minsk.

Christ is depicted in a red chiton with golden folds covered with blue cape. He is blessing with his right hand and holds opened New Testament in his left. The New Testament  book shows 9 lines of text. The icon's field is silvered with red ornament. It has blue stripes at the top and bottom.

References used in page:

"Ikanapis Belarusi XV-XVIII stahoddziau"("Icon Painting of Belarus in XV-XVIII centuries"), Minsk - 1994, publishing house "Belarus",Ed.: N.F. Vysockaia.
ISBN 5-338-01183-2

"Arhitektura Belarusi. Encyklapedychny davednik" ("Architecture of Belarus. Encycopedian Handbook") ed.: A.A. Voinau and others, Minsk, Publishing house "Belaruskaia Encyklapedyia" named after Piatrus' Brouka, 1993.
ISBN 5-85700-078-5.

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