Raising of Lazarus, the Trinity, the Purification of the Virgin Mary, St. John the Baptist ...
Detail from four-part icon: "The Raising of Lazarus, the Trinity, the Purification of the Virgin Mary, St. John the Baptist and St. Prochorus"
A transitional work in many respects, this world-famous icon was found in the Church of St. George, in Novgorod. The structure of the icon itself, with its four independent subjects, conscious interrelation of forms, and contrasting colors is reminiscent of fourteenth century icons. The balanced, almost architectonic composition of the work, however, reflects the emerging interest in architectural form of the fifteenth century, when the icon was created. It was not until the sixteenth century, however, that color became a more dominant component of icons, and artists began expending greater effort to achieve harmony among stronger hues.