Russian icon | Entry into Jerusalem

Icon: Entry into Jerusalem E-12

Russia, second half 17th century
Tempera on panel, 30.8 x 26.5 cm

Sotheby’s Parke Bernett, New York, 16 May 1974, lot 725
Private Collection, Switzerland
Morsink Icon Gallery, Amsterdam
ALR Ref. No.: S00158682


Finely painted against a gold ground, the Entry into Jerusalem is depicted as described in the Gospels of John (12, 12-15); Matthew (21, 1-11); Mark (11, 1-11) and Luke (19, 28-40). In a rocky landscape, Christ is riding on a white horse as he enters the city of Jerusalem. He turns back to look at the disciples following him, and simultaneously is making a sign of blessing with his right hand. With his left hand he holds the fine red reigns of the horse. A crowd of citizens stands outside the gates of the city to greet the Saviour. The white horse is walking over the mantles in the foreground, which the children of Jerusalem have taken off and put on the ground. Behind the mountain is a large palm tree. The finely painted walled city of Jerusalem to the right is depicted as a stylized structure of architectural elements.