Icon: Nativity of Christ

Number: 124 Period: 19th century
Name: Icon: Nativity of Christ Size: 31,5 x 26,2 cm
Origin: Russia Price: sold

The scenes of the Nativity are based on the Gospels of Matthew and Luke as well as the Protevangelion of James.

In the center of the icon, the Mother of God is sitting within a rocky outcrop.

On the left, the three Magi present their gifts to the newborn Child depicted in the manger, close to an ox and an ass. According to Isiah:1:3, ‘The ox knows his master and the ass his master’s crib’.

On the top right, an Angel addresses a shepherd.

On the lower left, Joseph is visited by a shepherd, often interpreted as a demon in disguise who has arrived to cast uncertainty over Mary’s virginity.

On the lower right, the two midwives Salome and Zelomi prepare a bath for the Infant.

On the borders, six female saints are painted as if they are standing in small red chapels: Anna, Stepanida, Natalya, Nadesda, Maria en Martha. They are probably the family saints of the commissioner.

The icon is painted in bright colors with silver highlights.


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