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The Icon of the Hospitality of Abraham by the Painter Angelos in Narbonne

Constantinople, Crete, and the Formation of a New Iconographic Type

In: Frankokratia
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Ioannis Tsiouris University of Thessaly Volos Greece

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Abstract

A small icon depicting the Hospitality of Abraham, executed and signed by the renowned Cretan painter Angelos Akotantos, is now kept in the Palais-Musée des Archevêques in Narbonne. The panel’s iconographic scheme follows that of two well-known works of the second half of the fourteenth century, namely Codex Par. gr. 1242 and the icon in Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos. The painter Angelos appears to have been familiar with this scheme, which he supplemented with a few new elements, thereby creating a new iconographic variant that would become established and eventually be adopted by both his contemporaries and later icon-painters from Crete and beyond.

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