Russian icon of the Transfiguration of the Lord, XIX century

Dimensions: 31 x 26.5 cm

The Transfiguration of the Lord is one of the twelve feast day holidays especially honored by the Orthodox Church. The Transfiguration miracle occurred during prayer on Mount Tabor, in the presence of the disciples of the Lord, Peter, James and John. The Savior’s face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. The Old Testament prophets Moses and Elijah appeared and spoke with Jesus about his upcoming death on the cross. Subsequently, all three were covered by a bright cloud, from which the Voice of God the Father was heard, which proclaimed that Christ is the Son of God. In the center of the icon is the transfigured body of the Savior, as if enclosed in a radiant six-pointed star. The composition of this icon is divided into two parts: the upper (heavenly) and the lower (earthly). The figures of the prophets Elijah and Moses bear an additional symbolic meaning. Elijah was taken from his earthly life alive, and Moses died. Thus, on the day of the Transfiguration, two worlds – the world of the living, and the world of the dead met. This important detail explains the main dogma of Christianity: Christ is the Lord of the whole universe. The golden background of the icon emphasizes the radiance that comes from Christ and fills the entire composition field.