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Fresco with the Parting of the Soul from the Body
Monastery of Hilandar, Mt. Athos, tower of St. George, south facade, 1260
This scene belongs to the cycle illustrating the canon for the parting of the soul from the body, which was written by Andrew of Crete (660–740). The canon alludes to the fate of the monks soul from the moment of its parting from the body until its presentation to Christ at the Last Judgment. This fresco depicts an angel presenting the soul of a monk to Christ; the soul is portrayed with hands crossed against her chest. The Virgin, the protector of the soul, is praying before Christ on her behalf.
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