Isaiah and a Seraph

Detail of Isaiah and a seraph, late 18th century. From the iconostasis of the Greek Catholic Cathedral of Hajdúdorog, Hungary.

This is a section of a painting depicting the prophet Isaiah at the moment a seraph (a type of angel) touches his lips with a burning coal from the altar of the temple in Jerusalem. The angel says to Isaiah, "Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out." With these words, Isaiah is cleansed and forgiven and becomes a prophet of Yahweh.

The icon was painted at the end of the 18th century as part of the iconostasis of the Greek Catholic Cathedral of Hajdúdorog, Hungary. An iconostasis is a wall of icons and religious paintings separating the nave from the sanctuary in Eastern Christian churches.

Detail of Isaiah and a seraph, late 18th century. From the iconostasis of the Greek Catholic Cathedral of Hajdúdorog, Hungary.

A religious work of art often depicting a religious figure, as in a painting.

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