Icon: Dormition of the Virgin
|Name:||Icon: Dormition of the Virgin||Size:||45,5 x 35,5 cm|
According to the legend, the twelve Apostles were present at the deathbed of the Virgin.
In this icon, they are gathered around the bier, together with three early Christian writers: Dionysius the Areopagite, Hierotheos and Timotheos of Ephesus. Behind the bier, Christ stands surrounded by angels in an aureole, signifying heavenly glory. Christ receives the soul of the Mother of God, in the form of a newborn baby. Above Him is a red six-winged Seraph. At the bottom of the icon, a fanatical Jewish priest (Iefoniya or Anthonios) attempts to push the bier. His hands are cut off by a sword-wielding angel. (The priest later repented and was healed.)
The icon is finely painted in great detail and in pastel colors. Light blue and various reds are predominant. The vestments are with elaborate chrysography.