Bucharest – National Museum of Art (Cotroceni Monastery Iconostasis)

This iconostatsis hid what was happening in the altar from the congregation, adding some mystery to the proceedings.

The bottom line of icons represent various Biblical scenes, the Nativity, the Baptism, the Presentation in the Temple, the Annunciation, the Raising of Lazarus, the Entry into Jerusalem, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, the Holy Women at the Sepulchre, the Incredulity of Thomas, Jesus among the Doctors, the Ascension, the Pentecost, the Transfiguration and the Dormition of the Virgin.

The middle line of icons include the Apostles, with Jesus Christ in the centre and the Virgin Mary to the left of him. The top row are the prophets.

A close-up of this rather beautiful piece of religious heritage.

This is from Cotroceni Monastery in Bucharest and it’s thought that the icons were painted by Constantinos in around 1680.