The painting “The Presentation of the Lord” was painted by Ivanov in the second half of the 1800s. On it, the artist depicted the gospel story about the meeting of Simeon with the baby Jesus in the temple of Jerusalem.
According to the rite, on the fortieth day after the birth of the first-born, the parents were supposed to make a symbolic ransom in the temple of Jerusalem - an annual lamb and a young pigeon or dove. The poor family could bring a couple of pigeons.
When the family brought baby Jesus to the temple so that he would appear before the Lord. Met them by the old Simeon.
By giving Simeon - one of the Jewish translators in Greek. Translating the book of Isaiah, he doubted the prophet's writings. And then an angel appeared to him and prophesied that Semin would live in immortality until he saw Christ the Lord. And that day came.
When Joseph the Obrochnik and the Most Holy Theotokos and the Infant Jesus arrived on the fortieth day, they went to Jerusalem to fulfill the commandments of the Law. And he lifted Christ into the arms and cried out with undisguised joy. Finally, he waited for a meeting and asked for the end of his life. For more than three hundred years, Semin lived in the world, waiting for this meeting with Christ, which was prophesied by the records in the book of Isaiah.
In the picture, Ivanov depicted Simeon with a baby in her arms, not standing on a pedestal in front of the temple attendants. And parents kneeling with an offering. Also depicted are a man, a boy, a woman in black robes - this is Anna the Prophetess, who also recognized the Lord in the infant. All of them became involuntary witnesses of the meeting of Simeon and Jesus. Thus came the meeting, the meeting of the Old and New Testaments.
To date, the painting of Andrei Ivanovich Ivanov “The Presentation of the Lord” is in the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.
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