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Icon of The Embrace of the Apostles Peter and Paul

Photo credit: The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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'The Embrace of the Apostles Peter and Paul', whose names are inscribed in Latin, belongs to a series of nearly identical icons by the Veneto-Cretan painter Angelos Akotantos, two of which are signed. The subject is seen as symbolic of ecumenical peace. More specifically, these icons have been linked to hopes raised at the Council of Ferrara-Florence (1438–1439) which unsuccessfully aimed at the union of the eastern and western churches.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Oxford


Medium

oil on canvas on panel

Measurements

H 46.4 x W 37 cm

Accession number

WA1982.192

Acquisition method

Bequeathed by James Campbell Thomson, 1982

Work type

Painting


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The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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