A Winged Saint John the Baptist icon in the British Museum

Lymberopoulou, Angeliki (2003). A Winged Saint John the Baptist icon in the British Museum. Apollo, CLVIII(500) pp. 19–24.

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Abstract

The article examines an icon in the British Museum that depicts Saint John the Baptist with wings. This type was developed in Venetian-dominated Crete after the fall of Constantinople in 1453. Unlike other (hybrid) types, however, that appealed to both Orthodox and Catholic inhabitants of the island, this particular type remained connected with Greek Orthodox faithful and practices. Saint John the Baptist with wings is an iconographic type which is commonly placed on the templon - the screen that separates the sanctuary from the nave in a Greek Orthodox church.

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