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Comments on the bilateral icon from Mytilini

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Author(s): Acheimastou-Potamianou Myrtali

Journal: Zbornik Radova VizantoloŇ°kog Instituta
ISSN 0584-9888

Volume: 2007;
Issue: 44;
Start page: 473;
Date: 2007;
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ABSTRACT
The representations on the well-known bilateral icon from Mytilini, Christ Pantokrator on the front and St John the Theologian on the back, were detached in 1960. from the damaged wood and are now two separate icons. The icon of Christ has been dated to the middle or third quarter of the 14th century or to 1370-1380, and that of the Theologian to the late 14th-early 15th century or the second quarter of the 15th century. The conclusion is reached that the two representations are contemporary, date from the third quarter of the 14th century, and are the work of the same painter. This view is based on shared technical and stylistic features and the interconnection of meaning between the figures depicted, which accounts for the difference of character in the way in which the two figures - the divine figure of Christ and the earthly figure of the saint - are rendered.
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