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Icon with St Alypios (01565)

BXM: 001565
Exhibition room: IV.1β Painting in Ionian Islands: a justifiable hybrid

Date: 1661

Dimensions (cm): 44x29,5
Creator: Emmanuel Tzanes

Atop a column and behind a low, marble parapet the stylite Saint Alypios is depicted in bust form.  He is wearing a red monastic habit and holds his hands up in front of his chest, with the palms facing out, in a prayer gesture.  To the left a cross has been fixed to the parapet, which he set up himself, having first destroyed the idolatrous statue of ?a lion attacking a bull which had formerly stood on top of the column.  To right and left of him, standing on clouds, two full-length angels are approaching with wings outspread, holding scrolls with passages from the liturgy of saints, while at the foot of the column stands his mother.  She holds a string of prayer beads, indicating that she has entered the monastic life.  In the background, in a landscape with uneven ground and hills beyond, are depicted the two monasteries which the saint founded near his column. At the foot of the column is inscribed the date α.χ.ξ.α. (= 1661) and the artist's signature: ΧΕΙΡ ΕΜΜΑΝΟΥΛ ΙΕΡΕΩC ΤΟΥ ΤΖΑΝΕ (by the hand of the Priest Emmanuel Tzanes).