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Icon of Elijah fed by a Crow

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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The prophet Elijah, identified by a Slavonic inscription, sits in a stark setting of pink and brown rock with a large black cave at the centre. The River Jordan, a dark torrent of water, flows at his feet. He looks up towards the right to the small crow approaching with nourishment. The composition is rendered in bold geometric forms (for example, the fractured rocks) and a muted limited palette characteristic of Novgorod painting.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Oxford


Date

15th C–16th C

Medium

oil on panel

Measurements

H 25.5 x W 21 cm

Accession number

WA1982.194

Acquisition method

Bequeathed by James Campbell Thomson, 1982

Work type

Painting


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