Greek icon | St Paraskeve

Icon: St Paraskeve H-26

Origin :
Greece
Period :
circa 1600
Size :
47.5 x 30.4 cm
Provenance :
Private Collection, Germany
Published :
Ivan Bentchev, Ikony Svjatych Pokrovitelej, Moscow, 2007, p. 347 | Eva Haustein-Bartsch (ed), Pforte des Himmels, Ikonenausstellung zum 50-jährigen Jubiläum von Eikon, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, 2008, cat. no. 27, p. 44,45

St Paraskeve is venerated as a Christian martyr of the 2nd century. Her name means ‘Friday’ in Greek (literally ‘preparation’ for the Lord’s Day). On the icon St Parakeve is presented against a gold background, full length and facing the viewer. She is holding the cross of het martyrdom in her right hand while making a sign of blessing with her other hand. Her tunic is green with white highlights accentuating the folds of her cloth, and her mantle has a deep red brown colour. The relatively small face of St Paraskeve is painted in detail and is modelled with bold contrasts between shadows and highlights.

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