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Manually painted wood icon of John the Forerunner. Miniature measuring 7x10 cm. Original artwork.
The glorious Prophet and Forerunner John the Baptist is also referred to as John the Forerunner because he was the forerunner of Christ. He was an ascetic and great prophet, who baptized Christ and became one of the most revered saints in the Orthodox Church. John is a cousin of Christ through his mother Elizabeth who was the daughter of Zoia. Zoia is the sister of Christ's grandmother. He was later beheaded by Herod in the first century to satisfy the request of Herod's stepdaughter, Salome, and wife Herodias. Because he baptized Christ, he is the patron saint of godparents. He is sometimes called the Angel of the Desert; because of this title, he is sometimes depicted with wings.
- Icon type
- Painting technique
- Saint John the Baptist
- Key color
- Painting dimensions (l x L, cm)
- 7x10 cm
- Celebration in the month of
- 1: January