This touching European religious painting depicts Jesus' head. This kind of painting has a wonderful legend and is known as "Image of Edessa" or "Holy Mandylion".
Jesus head is painted in the so-called "Abgar tradition": head-on, with long hairs, center part, clear face on a dark back ground.
The canvas is a fragment from a larger painting. I bought this painting from the estate of a country parson family and find out that this painting was in the family property over 2 centuries. They also told to me that the painting was larger and had the inscription " VERA IMAGO SALVATORIS IDNI INRI JESU CRISTI AD REGEM ABAGARUM MISSA". This inscription was strong damaged, so the grandfather decided to restore the painting. A specialist cut the Jesus head and lined it on a thick oak panel.
The painting is in good condition considering its age. It has some tears and painting loss (see please photographs) and some from the oak plate disconnecting areas.
Measurements: 14 x 19.4 inches. Unframed.
The Image of Edessa or the Holy Mandylion (orthodox Christians), was a holy relic consisting of a square or rectangle of cloth upon which a miraculous image of the face of Jesus was imprinted — the first icon ("image"). According to the legend, King Abgar of Edessa wrote to Jesus, asking him to come cure him of an illness. Abgar received an answering letter from Jesus, declining the invitation, but promising a future visit by one of his disciples. Instead, the apostle "Thaddaeus" is said to have come to Edessa, bearing the words of Jesus, by the virtues of which the king was miraculously healed. The first record of the existence of a physical image was in the sixth century, in the ancient city of Edessa (now Urfa). The image was moved to Constantinople in the tenth Century. The cloth disappeared from Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade (Sack of Constantinople) in 1204, reappearing as a relic in King Louis IX of France's Sainte Chapelle in Paris. It finally disappeared in the French Revolution.
Item ID: VERA_IMAGO_6229DT
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