Dåperen Johannes - John the Baptist


John the Baptist
Angel of the Desert, forerunner of Christ, last of the prophets, and the first saint, the Baptist is one of the most fascinating and popular figures in Orthodox iconography.
The figure of John the Baptist is much venerated and occupies a privileged position next to Christ and his Mother.
A hermit and a preacher in the southern desert of Judea, John baptized his disciples in the waters of the Jordan. Though usually depicted wrapped in a camel-hair tunic, his iconography is rich and varied.
This is a Russian pattern, a near “portrait” of the Baptist.

 

 

 

Dåperen Johannes - John the Baptist

John the Baptist
John the Baptist was an itinerant preacher and a major religious figure in Christianity. John is described as having the unique practice of baptism for the forgiveness of sins. According to the New Testament, John anticipated a messianic figure greater than himself, and Jesus was the one whose coming John foretold.
In Orthodox icons, he often has angel's wings, since Mark 1:2 describes him as a messenger.
This is an icon inspired by Romanian folk art. It shows John holding the soul of Jesus.