Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A Rare Icon from 1500 Kerkyra titled "Allegory of the Jerusalem Above"

The icon above is called "Holy Zion" by the brotherhood of the Holy Monastery of Saint Athanasios in Kerkyra, and is a copy of a portion from the icon below called "Allegory of the Jerusalem Above", which dates to 1500 and is also located in Kerkyra, in the Holy monastery of the Most Holy Theotokos the Platytera.

The inscription on this rare icon is as follows:

Regarding the Jerusalem Above we gather information from the Prophet Isaiah and Tobit and David and the Apocalypse of John. The City of God, Holy Zion and the Jerusalem Above, whose foundations are on the holy mountain, and its walls are built on emeralds and sapphires and rubies and diamonds and the other select stones, being completely covered in gold. The walls are of jasper and the gates of precious pearl. The roads are laid out with pure gold, it has very beautiful mansions of clear crystal, gleaming with pearls and gold. The translucent river is water of eternal life, and the beautiful trees are for the relaxation and gladness of the blessed people. From the Great Babylon they come out of the narrow gate, having completed the straight path of the Lord, after much affliction and hardship and toil and sweat being roughly grounded, and poured out by climbing the virtues they thus entered, receiving from God crowns of glory, eternal good things with much rest, and never ceasing to enjoy beholding the King of Glory and the eternal inheritance of those who lived on earth.

Source: Translated by John Sanidopoulos.