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Monastery of St. Catherine
13th Century, tetraptych of The Twelve Great Feasts, including The Nativity
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Detail of a 13the century tetraptych of The Nativity, The Entry Into Jerusalem, and The Crucifixion. (Monastery of St. Catherine, Mt. Sinai.)
The Annunciation, one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church—Tetraptych of the Twelve Great Feasts, Monastery of St. Catherine, Mt. Sinai.
An icon of the Twelve Great Feasts, with four panels (tetraptych)

The panels of this tetraptych from the Monastery of St. Catherine, Mt. Sinai, close for easy portability and the protection of the holy images.

Twelve Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church are pictured (left to right, top to bottom, see image at top of page) beginning with The Annunciation in the semicircle of the left panel that also includes The Transfiguration and The Raising of Lazarus.

The second panel contains The Nativity, flanked by two Fathers of the Church, The Entry Into Jerusalem, and the Crucifixion.

The third panel depicts The Presentation at the Temple, The Resurrection, and the Ascension.

And the fourth panel The Baptism of Christ, Pentecost, and the Dormition of the Virgin.




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