Russian icon of the Prophet Elijah with Life Scenes, XIX century
Dimensions: 31 x 26.5 cm
St. Elijah is the most famous prophet of the pre-Christian era, who lived in Palestine for nine centuries before the Savior’s Nativity. Elijah is one of the two Old Testament saints who did not see death on earth, but was awarded paradise even before the coming of Jesus Christ. The multi-composition of this icon depicts the Prophet, sitting in the background of his cave. Life scenes show the awakening of the sleeping Prophet by an Angel, chariot of fire and horses of fire appear and Elijah is lifted up in a whirlwind to Heaven directly to the Lord of hosts that meets him. In the upper right corner is his disciple Elisha, who receives the mantle of the Prophet. The masterpiece is executed in bright lively colors which create a unique depiction of the Prophet.