St. John the Baptist

Type: Icon

Period: The middle of the 19 century

Author: Unknown

School: Tryavna Iconographic School

Dimmensions (cm): 127 / 91


Country: Bulgaria

Province: Haskovo

Village: Dripchevo

Church: St. George


Country: Bulgaria

Province: Gabrovo

Town: Tryavna

Object identification notes

The icon was probably produced by the author of The Virgin Hodegetreia from St George's Church in Dripchevo village. The graphic area is enclosed in an unconventionally decorated frame.


A traditional iconographic treatment of this theme. Saint John the Baptist is portrayed with wings, blessing with his right hand, and in his left hand he is holding a bowl with his cut-off head.The saint is dressed in sack cloth with a dark-green mantle on his shoulders. He is portrayed against a blue background, with spread-out wings and in a stern, ascetic attitude. There are, on both sides of the aureole, decorated in the Baroque style medallions with the initials of the Forerunner.

Iconographical technique: Tempera

Base material: Wood

Three boards of foliferous wood fasten with keys.