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  • Three-part Folding Icon: The Virgin of Tikhvin with Festivals

    Technique:
    tempera on panel, gilding and silvering
    Dimensions:
    30,5x24 cm

Three-part Folding Icon: The Virgin of Tikhvin with Festivals

Russia, Second half of the 16th century

This folding icon shows the Virgin of Tikhvin in the centre, and church festivals on the wings: the Nativity and Dormition of the Virgin on the left, the Annunciation and the Intercession of the Virgin on the right. It has a silver mount stamped with relief. The icon was possibly the work of a Moscow master of the second half of the 16th century. The Virgin of Tikhvin is a variant of the Byzantine Virgin Hodegetria, in which the features of Mary and Christ are treated more softly and lyrically. The Mother of God leans her head slightly towards her Son, the young Christ, Who seems to address His Mother. According to legend, the original model for icons of The Virgin of Tikhvin disappeared miraculously from Constantinople in 1383 and appeared in Russia near the present-day town of Tikhvin. This icon became famous for many miracles, one of which was the saving of the Tikhvin monastery-fortress during a siege by Swedish forces in 1613. The image of The Virgin of Tikhvin accompanied the Russian embassy when the Stolbovo Peace was signed with the Swedes in 1617.

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Three-part Folding Icon: The Virgin of Tikhvin with Festivals

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Technique:

tempera on panel, gilding and silvering

Dimensions:

30,5x24 cm

Inventory Number:

ЭРИ-253

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