8 June 2009
RUSSIAN (NIZHNEE POVOLZHYE), SECOND HALF OF THE XVII CENTURY
36.5 by 30.5 cm.
A detailed composition organised around the figure of the Mother of God who spreads her veil above the congregation and raises an inscribed scroll that addresses Christ, the latter appearing on the upper left corner; in the earthly realm is the youthful St. Romanos the Melodist standing on a circular pulpit, surrounded by the Imperial family, members of the clergy and the crowd of devout; on the celestial part, against the imposing construction of a church, a selection of saints and angels venerate the Mother of God, two groups, each consisting of three family patrons, are portrayed on the border; the silver-gilt basma with rich embossed scrolls and rosettes on the corners, the lower border further adorned with a pair of crowns, thus suggesting that this icon was probably a wedding gift.
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