The Blessing Christ

Type: Icon

Period: From the beginning of the 19 century to the end of the 19 century

Author: Unknown

School: Bansko Iconographic School

Dimmensions (cm): 67 / 46 / 3.5


Country: Bulgaria

Province: Blagoevgrad

Town: Bansko

Museum: Museum complex


Country: Bulgaria

Province: Blagoevgrad

Village: Osenovo

Church: St. Archangel Michael


Christ is portrayed to the waist, full face, against the background of a sky. In his left hand he is holding an open book, and with his right hand he is blessing.

Iconographical technique: Tempera

The layer of the painting is a thin one, of a smooth texture at the places over the gilding and at the modelling of the carnations and of the garments of Christ. The painting is very precise one, which suggests that the icon had been painted by a skilled iconographer. The varnish cover is applied thinly and evenly. The gilding is applied on bole, with gold-leaf, polished.

Base material: Wood

The icon's base is a softwood panel, with two reinforcing inserted beams. The ground coat is of plaster, well ground.

State, restoration traces and comments

There had been a silver cover around the nimbus, which had subsequently been removed. There are no traces of any previous restorative intervention.