Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:28-38; John 12:12-18
H: 4.7 in. x W: 3.7 in. x D: 1.0 in.
H: 12.0 cm. x W: 9.3 cm. x D: 2.5 cm.
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Artifacts; Original Drawings, Paintings, Icons, Calligraphy;
On the panel face there are tiny chips in the paint on the upper right corner, upper left corner and lower right edge near corner. This object was both dry and damp cleaned according to directions from a conservation expert when it was received at Clemens Library.
This original work is a painting adhered to a flat, rectangular solid wood panel. Painting and panel have been cut and gouged to give the contemporary work an antique look and suggest a rugged past. The painting portrays Palm Sunday (Christ’s entry into Jerusalem to a cheering crowd days before he was to be crucified). The figure of Christ and the subject of the painting are identified with Greek inscriptions.
Chief elements of the scene include Jesus Christ, robed in red and blue, seated on a white donkey that trods a path strewn with branches cut from nearby trees and cloaks excited bystanders lining the road have pulled over their heads and thrown on the ground. Christ is making his way into the city of Jerusalem, visible in the background.
The wood panel has been stained brown.
At the top center of the panel back there is a loop of leather stapled to the board for hanging.
A printed label on the back of the panel reads: “Certificate” followed by an authenticity statement in Greek and English: “Exact copy of the strict Byzantine style (Cretan School—Theophanis created by Father ‘Pefkis’, qualified Greek and English hagiographer of the Athoniados Ecclesiastical Academy in Agion Oros at Athos, with the genuine traditional colors with gold sheets on canvas on aged wood.” Ther is also a seal which reads: “Hand Made Pefkis”. See http://www.pefkis.com.gr/en/start.html.