The Anastasis


Slavic icon
Pinacoteca Vaticana, Rome

The typical features of an Eastern Anastasis are here: the broken gates of Hell over the chasm, Christ taking Adam by the hand, the angels. In this example, Eve has a separate tomb and Christ is in a mandorla, which is sometimes used. Behind Eve are various unidentified notables from the Old Testament. Behind Adam, the man in the crown is most likely King David, whom Tradigo (144) identifies in a similar icon. The man beside him may be Moses, who has similarly wild hair in an icon on page 74 in Tradigo.

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Photographed at the Pinacoteca Vaticana by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.