Saint Nicholas with Angels and Miracles, Novgorod, 16th century. Private collection, London. 54 x 42 cm
Nativity of the Mother of God, Museum of Russian Icons, Accession # 2011.39a
Resurrection and Descent into Hell. 2011.90

A Teratological Source of Hellhead

Henry A. Hundt and Raoul N. Smith

“Damned Trinity,” Model 3: Judas sits in the Devil’s lap, the Devil sits in a Hell-Giant’s lap. Fragment of the Descent into Hell icon, Vladimir-Suzdal, 16th century.