Byzantine / Icon with Christ 'Overseer of All' and the Chorus of Saints / ca. 1300?1500Byzantine
Icon with Christ 'Overseer of All' and the Chorus of Saints
ca. 1300?1500

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Byzantine
Creator Name-CRT: Byzantine
Title: Icon with Christ 'Overseer of All' and the Chorus of Saints
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1300
Creation End Date: 1500
Creation Date: ca. 1300?1500
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Steatite
Dimensions: Central plaque: 3 7/16 x 2 5/16 in. (9.8 x 6 cm); Small plaques: 1 3/8 x 1 in. (3.5 x 2.5 cm)
Description: In miniature scale, this complex icon composition includes more than 100 figures. In the center sits Christ, identified in Greek as the Pantepoptes, or Overseer of All. The Gospel book in his hand reads "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12). Twelve scenes from Christ's life surrounding the central image are identified by Greek inscriptions: the Annunciation, Nativity, Presentation, Baptism, Raising of Lazarus, Entry into Jerusalem, Metamorphosis (Transfiguration), Crucifixion, Deposition, Empty Tomb, Anastasis (Harrowing of Hell), and Ascension. Inscribed panels showing "choruses" of saints frame the icon, each with Christ Emmanuel blessing a different group of saints . The top row is the chorus of Prophets; the second row, the Apostles; the third row, the Church Fathers; and the last row, martyrs?saints Constantine and Helena, Anargyroi (medical saints), and the Three Hebrews in the furnace.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 63.68.1-13
Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1963
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.63.68.1-13
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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