8 June 2009
RUSSIAN (MOSCOW), CIRCA 1600
33 by 27.7 cm.
The elongated figures of the two elderly saints are portrayed in three-quarter view, turning towards the centre and looking to heaven where an image of the Mother of God emerges from the open celestial segment; both saints are wearing monks’ robes, and the Great Schema thus shows that they have reached the highest ranks of monasticism. To the right border there is a relief image of the Bishop St. Aleksi representing the family patron; the icon is executed with sombre colours according to the traditional rules of icon painting; the silver-gilt basma with meticulously executed cloisonne foliage in greens and blues.
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