The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem: icons and frescoes

The Entry into Jerusalem is one of the most important events in the last earthly days of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Savior's triumphant arrival at the Holy City on the eve of the Passover preceded His Passion, and was the manifestation of the Old Testament prophecies. The source for the iconography of the Lord's Entry into Jerusalem is the Gospels, where it is related how Christ enters the city seated on the foal of an ass, accompanied by His disciples on the eve of the Judaic Passover, were He will be betrayed to be crucified. The image of the Savior seated on the foal is well known even in early Christian art.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Fresco in Dionysiou Monastery, Mt. Athos.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Fresco in Dionysiou Monastery, Mt. Athos.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Fresco in Dionysiou Monastery, Mt. Athos.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Fresco in Dionysiou Monastery, Mt. Athos.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Mid 7th c. mosaic, Capella Palatina, Palermo.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Mid 7th c. mosaic, Capella Palatina, Palermo.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Icon in Vatopedi Monastery, Mt. Athos.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Icon in Vatopedi Monastery, Mt. Athos.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. 10th c. ivory carving. Museum of Byzantine Art, Berlin.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. 10th c. ivory carving. Museum of Byzantine Art, Berlin.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Modern fresco by Mamatsios Giorgios.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Modern fresco by Mamatsios Giorgios.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. The Pkov state united historical-architectural and art museum. 15th c.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. The Pkov state united historical-architectural and art museum. 15th c.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Fragment from the bas relief on the sacrophagus of Junia Bassa. 359 AD, Vatican.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Fragment from the bas relief on the sacrophagus of Junia Bassa. 359 AD, Vatican.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Fresco by St. Theophan of Crete. Meteora, Church of St. Nicholas.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Fresco by St. Theophan of Crete. Meteora, Church of St. Nicholas.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. 6th c. miniature from the Gospels of  Rossano. Rossano museum, Italy.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. 6th c. miniature from the Gospels of Rossano. Rossano museum, Italy.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Cave church, Cappadocia. 11th c.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Cave church, Cappadocia. 11th c.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Byzantium. 13th c.. Monastery of St. Catherine, Sinai.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Byzantium. 13th c.. Monastery of St. Catherine, Sinai.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Modern Greek icon.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Modern Greek icon.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Butte, Montana, USA

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Butte, Montana, USA

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Pskov historical-architectural and art museum. 16th c.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Pskov historical-architectural and art museum. 16th c.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Enamel. Nicholai Verdunsky. 1181

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Enamel. Nicholai Verdunsky. 1181

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Decani, Serbia. Fragment of fresco.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Decani, Serbia. Fragment of fresco.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem (two-sided icon) Novgorod. 15th c.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem (two-sided icon) Novgorod. 15th c.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Bronze column of St. Bernward from the St. Michael Church, Hildesheim. 10th c.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Bronze column of St. Bernward from the St. Michael Church, Hildesheim. 10th c.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Novgorod. Second quarter of 15th c.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Novgorod. Second quarter of 15th c.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Mosaic, Cathedral of St. Mark, Venice, Italy.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Mosaic, Cathedral of St. Mark, Venice, Italy.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Moscow, late 16th c.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Moscow, late 16th c.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. 5th c.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. 5th c.

Detail of a diptych. Treasure of the Milan Cathedral.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem.1497. St. Cyril of White Lake Monastery.

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem.1497. St. Cyril of White Lake Monastery.

Icon from the festal row on the iconostasis of the Dormition Cathedral, St. Cyril of White Lake Monastery.

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