Icon of Christ - Deesis
Monumental North-Russian icon dating about 1700 AD. The picture which is called Deesis (asking, praying), is of a Byzantine origin. Around the turn of the century this representation became a definate component of the Last Judgement, and the Deesis also is the principal item of the Iconostasis.
This subject was adopted by Russia as early as the 11th century. In the middle of the icon the blessing Christ, the Virgin and John the Baptist bow in supplication towards Christ. In the Deesis Mary symbolises the Church and the New Testament. John the Baptist symbolises the Synagogue and the Old Testament. This subject is also know as "Intercession" or "Trimophorion".