The Sacrifice of Abraham

Unknown11 th c.

St. Sophia of Kyiv

St. Sophia of Kyiv
Kyiv, Ukraine

Prophecy came true. A son was born to Abraham and Sarah. The God decided to test the intensity of faith of his elect and ordered him to sacrifice his only son.
The moment of the highest tension is depicted in the fresco – Abraham, holding a knife over the head of his son, ready to sacrification. But a figure of winged angel already appears above him, pointing to another victim, a lamb that got entrapped in a branchy bush.


  • Title: The Sacrifice of Abraham
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 11 th c.
  • Type: monumental painting. Fresco, 11th century. Oil painting, 19th century (in places where the frescoes are lost).

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