The Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ16th century, Moscow SchoolTempera on wood panel42.9 x 35.2 cm (32-1/8 x 26-3/4 in.)The Ascension of Christ took place on the Mount of Olives, and in this icon the figures are set against a hilly landscape studded with olive trees. The Virgin is flanked by the twelve Apostles. Behind her stand two angels, dressed in white, pointing toward Christ, who is carried heavenward. The concentric circles bearing Christ symbolize the holy world that he is about to enter. The title of the icon is printed in Cyrillic characters in the upper corners.Provenance:Tretyakov Gallery, MoscowU.S.S.R. Central Art Collection Warehouse, 1936George R. Hann, Sewickley Heights, Pennsylvania, his sale, Christie’s, New York, April 15, 1981, lot 56Acquired by the Putnam Foundation, 1981 



The Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ
16th century, Moscow School
Tempera on wood panel
42.9 x 35.2 cm (32-1/8 x 26-3/4 in.)

The Ascension of Christ took place on the Mount of Olives, and in this icon the figures are set against a hilly landscape studded with olive trees. The Virgin is flanked by the twelve Apostles. Behind her stand two angels, dressed in white, pointing toward Christ, who is carried heavenward. The concentric circles bearing Christ symbolize the holy world that he is about to enter. The title of the icon is printed in Cyrillic characters in the upper corners.

Provenance:

Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
U.S.S.R. Central Art Collection Warehouse, 1936
George R. Hann, Sewickley Heights, Pennsylvania, his sale, Christie’s, New York, April 15, 1981, lot 56
Acquired by the Putnam Foundation, 1981