Deisus

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Deisus

 

(also deists’, from the Greek deesis, praying), the Old Russian name for a composition depicting Christ in the center and the mother of god and John the Baptist turned toward him in prayerful poses. In iconography the deisus was originally executed on one board. Later, deisusy on three separate boards appeared, as well as deisusy executed in many parts.

REFERENCE

Lazarev, V. N. Russkaia srednevekovaia zhivopis’. Moscow, 1970. Pages 131–39.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.