Icon painted in egg tempera, with gilding, on two wooden panels with recessed arches, prepared with linen and gesso. Subject: at top left, the Annunciation; at top right, the Nativity; at bottom left, the Baptism; at bottom right, the Transfiguration. Inscriptions accompany each scene. In the Annunciation, the archangel Gabriel extends his hand in a gesture of speech as a ray descends from heaven towards Mary who stands on a footstool against an architectural background. In the Nativity, Mary reclines beneath the infant Christ in the manger, adored by ox and ass; a ray decends from heaven to the manger, which is flanked by angels and shepherds; at lower right is Joseph; at lower left the midwives prepare to bathe Christ. In the Baptism, John the Baptist stands left on a rocky riverside, extending his hand over the nude figure of Christ who stands in the Jordan; the dove of the Holy Spirit descends from the hand of God; angels worship at right. In the Transfiguration, Christ appears in a mandorla on top of Mount Tabor, flanked by Elijah to the right and Moses to the left; the apostles Peter, James and John fall down before the vision.
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