(early 17th century)

Synaxis of All Saints

early 17th century
Tempera and gold leaf on linen and wood, 23 x 22 cm
Musei Vaticani, Vatican

This icon, inspired by representations of the Last Judgment, is in fact an iconographic illustration of the feast of All Saints, which the Byzantine Church celebrates on the first Sunday after Pentecost. This feast had in fact been established in memory of the Resurrection of our Lord and of those of his precursors or followers who had already been crowned in heaven: patriarchs of the Old Testament, prophets, kings, contemporaries of Christ who had joined him and followed his teaching, preachers, hermits, martyrs, hierarchs, priests, devout kings, and defenders of the Church.