Icon: Dormition of the Virgin
|Number:||086||Period:||late 16th century|
|Name:||Icon: Dormition of the Virgin||Size:||36,5 x 29,5 cm|
According to the legend, the twelve Apostles were present at the death bed of the Virgin.
In this icon, they are gathered around the bier, together with four early Christian writers: Dionysius the Areopagite, Hierotheos, James and Timotheos of Ephesus. The Apostles are shown twice: grouped around the bier and transported to the scene on clouds accompanied by angels. The clouds are represented as a type of fish with faces, which is very beautiful and unusual.
Behind the bier, Christ stands surrounded by angels in a blue 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 repents and is healed.)
On top of the icon, the Mother of God is sitting on a throne which is carried by angels into Heaven.