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18th Century Portrait of an Orthodox Archimandrite

18th century


The Archimandrite Continental School, 18th century oil painting on canvas, framed canvas: 38 x 33 inches framed: 43.5 x 39 inches Very fine and rare antique portrait of an Orthodox religious figure, believed to be an Archimandrite. The painting, of Continental authorship, dates to the 18th century. Works of this subject and nature are incredibly rare and we are extremely fortunate and delighted to offer it here for sale. The title archimandrite (Greek: ἀρχιμανδρίτης archimandritis), primarily used in the Eastern Orthodox and the Eastern Catholic churches, originally referred to a superior abbot whom a bishop appointed to supervise several 'ordinary' abbots (each styled hegumenos) and monasteries, or to the abbot of some especially great and important monastery. It is also used purely as a title of honour, with no connection to any actual monastery, and is bestowed on clergy as a mark of respect or gratitude for service to the Church. This particular sign of respect is only given to those priests who have taken vows of celibacy, that is monks. Distinguished married clergy may receive the title of archpriest. The sitter is portrayed with a Coat of Arms and Latin text to his side, seated in an elaborate interior. It is an exceptional work, painted on a grand scale and about as unique as one can get. Provenance: Christies Auction stencil marks verso; previously with a private collection, UK. Condition report: The painting has been obviously been relined as one would expect with a work of such an age and is now very presentable and in pleasing condition. Signs of previous restoration and repair are noticeable if looked for but generally ready to hang. The frame has suffered some minor damage and wear over the years but does its job perfectly well.


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    18th century
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    H 43.5 in. x W 39 in. x D 1 in.

    H 110.49 cm x W 99.06 cm x D 2.54 cm

  • Gallery location
    Cirencester, GB
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