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2.126 St John Klimax
17th c.
Dionysiou Monastery
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The Original New Testament

The author of the Klimax, or Heavenly Ladder, and abbot of the St Catherine's Monastery on Sinai ( 30.6.649) is depicted, like the other saints in this series, half-length and holding an open scroll with both hands in front of his chest (ΓACTPOC KPATHCON ICXYEI ΠACHC EI ΓAP KOPECTH BPΩMATΩN H MAIMΩCA KAI CTPHNIACEI ΠPOC BPΩMATA KAI ΠOCEIC OICTPHΛATΩCEI KAI ΠΛEON THC MAINAΔOC) (`Make every effort to restrain yourself concerning your stomach, as whoever eats gluttonously or greatly desires food and drink will be overcome by a madness worse even than that of the Maenads'). He is shown with a long beard and short hair, and wears a monk's habit of a dark green cassock and dark brown cloak rendered with a few lighter brush-strokes to delineate the folds.

The artist has taken special care with the face and the exposed parts of the hands. The volumes are modelled with brown half-tones and the highlights picked out with sparse white brush-strokes. The hair and beard have been rendered in the same manner (LCI 7 (1974) pp. 140-4).

Bibliography: Unpublished.

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