2.107 The First Ecumenical Council
Wood, egg tempera, 34.6 x 26.5 cm
The subject of this icon is identical to that of icon no. 2.106 in the Protaton. It is an iconographic type that renders in a specific way the Church Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council and the Emperor Constantine the Great, and appears to have been developed on Mount Athos from the sixteenth century onwards. Although this icon carries no date, its style and technique suggest that it is roughly contemporary with the identical work in the Protaton, that is from the second half of the eighteenth century. Despite small differences in the treatment of the subject (e.g. the number of figures) the iconographic type remained unaltered throughout the post-Byzantine period, from the sixteenth century to the end of the eighteenth.