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Beautiful! It looks similar to a Syrian one I have. Where is this from?
This is unusual. The Lord’s index and middle finger are not purposely drawn together to represent the two natures of Christ. When was this painted, was it before the Nestorians circa 431 AD? Did they have paint then?
The golden color almost glows.
Vasnetsov, 19th century? I believe it’s in the apse of a church in Kiev.
Found it. Jeffrey Smith, you are right:http://www.abcgallery.com/V/vasnetsov/vasnetsov51.html There are some beautiful works here.