Detailed wrestling scene in the holy icon of the life of St. Dimitrios

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Βy Kostas Dervenis

Emmanuel Tzanes (Greek: Εμμανουήλ Τζάνες, 1610 – 28 March 1690), also known as Buniales (Greek: Μπουνιαλής), was a Greek Renaissance painter.

He was born in Crete and migrated to Venice where he did most of his work. A member of the Cretan School, he was one of the most respected Greek painters of his day.

In his Saint Demetrios and scenes from his life, on the left, done in 1646,we can observe the duel between St.Nestor the student of St. Dimitrios against the pagan champion Lyeios (or Lyaeus), a most feared gladiator who mocked and tormented the Christians in the arena .  There is a depiction of a Pammachon close quarter combat technique that I have shown my students, down to the minute details.

St.Nestor the student of St. Dimitrios against the pagan champion Lyeios.
St.Nestor the student of St. Dimitrios against the pagan champion Lyeios.

 

 

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