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The blood of Jesus

23 January 2012

The blood of Jesus: a 17th-century Cretan icon of the crucifixion, which “demonstrates precisely the quality of classical pathos that was prized in Cretan icons”, is a gift of George R. Bunker to the Menil Collection, in the United States, which comprises more than 60 icons, many acquired by Dominique de Menil in 1985 from the British collector Eric Bradley, and spanning 1200 years. Including the one on the facing page, they are beautifully reproduced in the first publication to review the collection, Imprinting the Divine: Byzantine and Russian icons from the Menil Collection, edited by Annemarie Weyl Carr, with contributions by Bertrand Davezac and Clare Elliott besides her own (Yale, £35 (£31.50); 978-0-300-16968-3). The book is linked to an exhibition in Houston, Texas, which runs until 18 March.

Children of the Hebrews: from the Menil Collection, a Byzantine icon (early to mid-15th century) of the entry into Jerusalem. See caption above for details.

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