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The Deposition

The Deposition

  • Date: 1770
  • Material: paper
  • Technique: coloured copperplate
  • Dimensions: 67,5 х 56,5 cm
  • Inventory number: ZI 3881

The icon was printed from a copperplate for the making of the antimension and copies its content: the central place is occupied by the scene of the Deposition, above it are Joseph, Salome, Maria Magdalena, the Virgin, John the Theologian and Nicodim. The text below the scene ends with a note that the antimension was made in 1770 with the blessing and at the expense of Metropolitan Jovan Georgijević. Jovan Georgijević assumed the office of the Metropolitan of Karlovci in a dramatic period (1769-1773), when orders were issued from the highest place for a revision of the Orthodox calendar. At the request of Empress Maria Theresa, as many as fifty six feast days were abolished. It was a measure which caused great discontent among the Serbian population of the Metropolitanate of Karlovci. One of the merrits of this Metropolitan, who was otherwise very unpopular with his countrymen, was his introduction of thirteen new Serbian saints into the menologion (for 1771), for which he himself wrote the sticheron. The icon represents a rare, possibly unique example of a picture printed from a copperplate for the antimension.

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