The icon is a picture of three angels sitting at a table, on which there stands a winebowl with a calf’s head. The angels are arranged so that the lines of their figures form a sort of vicious circle. The compositional center of the icon is the winebowl. The hands of the central and the left of the angels bless the bowl. In the icon there is no active action and movement. The figures are full of motionless contemplation, and their eyes are in eternity. The idea of the triune is emphasized be mirror dissymmetry and complex plastics of figures – the movements of the arms and legs, the head tilts.
The figures of the angels are integrated, they are similar, but not identical. Variety of movements creates a complex rhythm, implying an equal silent dialogue (the “silent conversation”) of the three entities of the Deity.
The winebowl on the table is transformed from a household item into a cup of the Holy Communion (The Last Supper). Inside the bowl there is an image of a sacrificial calf’s head.
The angel in the center (stands for Christ) is pictured in the evangelical robes, with a laticlave over his shoulder. His symbolic gesture (two fingers are straightened and the rest – put together) communicates His name (IC xc).
The sight of the central angel is directed to the right – to God the Father, and the slight movement of the angel on the left of Christ – the incarnation of the Holy Spirit – rounds up the symbolic dialogue.
The lines of the composition form an octagon – a symbol of eternity.
The sticks in the hands of the Angels signify the eternal wandering, their bare feet – the unearthly entity.
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A hand-painted Orthodox Christian Easter Egg made of finewood with the image of the Icon of “The Virgin of Assuage My Sorrows”.
This miraculous icon is particularly revered in the Russian Orthodox Church.
The Virgin is depicted holding the Christ Child on the right hand, and touching His forehead with Her left hand.
A hand-painted Orthodox Christian Easter Egg made of finewood with the image of the Icon of “The Theotokos of the Akathist”.
The Icon is a version of the Eleusa (Tenderness) type, with the Christ Child snuggling up to his mother's cheek.
It has a Greek origin and was painted in the XVI century.