The Prophet Elijah
Ca. 18th Centuy
14" x 11"
Icons, wood, linen, gesso, goldleaf, egg tempera and varnish
Region: Russia
The upper part of the icon is dominated by Elijah in his fiery chariot ascending to heaven. In the upper left-hand corner is God Sabaoth, and in the top right, the Archangel Gabriel. In the lower register Elijah is depicted in the desert sitting in front of a cave in a rocky landscape and being fed by a raven. To the right, Elijah assails the pagan priests with divine fire; below, Elijah is woken by an angel; in the centre, Elijah and his disciple Elisha cross the river Jordan; at right Elisha receives Elijah's mantle as the latter rises in his chariot.