signed on the figure, lower left: Δ. ΧεΙPòΙ ΕΥΑΓΓελΟΠǒλǒ [by the hand of Euaggelopoulou]
wood; stain; paint; gold leaf
Greek; English; German; Italian; French
H: 12.1 in. x W: 8.9 in. x D: 1.1 in.
H: 30.8 cm. x W: 22.7 cm. x D: 2.5 cm.
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Artifacts; Original Drawings, Paintings, Icons, Calligraphy;
This object was both dry and damp cleaned according to directions from a conservation expert when it was received at Clemens Library.
The original painting on a rectangular, solid wood panel depicts the figure of the Archangel Michael. The central picture plane is slightly recessed, leaving a raised border. There is an earth-red border all around. A gold leaf border extends over the bevel and forms the background for the three-quarter length standing figure of the Archangel Michael. The gold is over painted to look distressed.
Michael is a majestic figure with a serious countenance, both vigilant and contemplative. The archangel’s head is slightly turned to the right. His red-brown hair is held with a white ribbon striped with black. Michael holds a tall, slender staff in his left hand; his right catches the edge of his outer mantle. Michael’s inner robe is an earthy rose; his mantle is deep green-blue with gold-painted, jeweled embellishments. His wings are turquoise and olive.
The panel is stained brown on the back. Also on the back, at the top center, a leather loop has been stapled to form a hanger.
There are four icons in the Sullivan Collection by this hand. On the back of the panel is a certificate printed in Greek, English, German, Italian and French. The English version reads: “This icon hand painted in the ancient techniques of byzantine art with gold leaf. The subjects are taken from originals in museums, monasteries, and private collections. The export of this icon from Greece is allowed.”