Icon: Vladimirskaya Mother of God

Number: 103 Period: 17th century
Name: Icon: Vladimirskaya Mother of God Size: 25 x 21,5 cm
Origin: Russia Price: sold

The Vladimirskaya was taken to Kiev in the early 12th century as a gift from the Byzantine imperial court, and was later taken to the city of Vladimir, from where it derives its name. In 1395, the Vladimirskaya was taken to Moscow, when Vladimir was threatened by the Turkic armies of Timur. After the Turk troops had been driven back- thanks to the Vladimirskaya- the icon was placed in a church in the Kremlin. From here, it was repeatedly brought out to help the Russian armies achieve their victories over the Mongols. The icon was given the honorific title of “Mother of Russia”, and now hangs in the Tretyakov Museum in Moscow.

The type of icon is one of loving-kindness (Oumileinye), the emphasis is on the emotional bonding between Mother and Child. The Child embraces his Mother with his left cheek pressed to her face. Characteristically his left foot is exposed.

The upper corners display the standard abbreviated Greek title MP OY (Meter Theou) for the Mother of God. On the side are the Greek letters: IC XC = Jesus Christ.

The icon is finely executed following the traditional old canons against an ochre background.


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