Icon: Dormition of the Virgin
|Name:||Icon: Dormition of the Virgin||Size:||31 x 25,8 cm|
According to the legend, the twelve Apostles were present at the deathbed of the Virgin.
They are depicted together with three early Christian writers Dionysius the Areopagite, Hierotheos and Timotheos of Ephesus. The Apostles are grouped around the bier. There are also weeping mourners present.
Behind the bier, Christ stands surrounded in a blue aureole signifying heavenly glory. Two Angels are by His side and above Him is a six-winged Seraph indicating the way to Heaven. Christ receives the soul of the Mother of God in the form of a newborn baby.
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 repents and is healed.)