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  • Icon: The Virgin

    Technique:
    tempera on panel and gilding
    Dimensions:
    158,5x60,5 cm

Icon: The Virgin

Russia, Late 15th - early 16th century

This image of the Virgin formed part of a Deisis Tier. The Deisis Tier is the main part of the iconostasis (the altar screen which divides the altar from the main body of a Russian Orthodox church), expressing the idea of intercession by the saints for mankind before Christ the judge (Deisis in Greek means "supplication" or "entreaty") on the day of the Last Judgement. The central image in the tier was an icon with Christ in Majesty. Traditionally the Virgin is shown full length, head bowed in prayer. She wears a reddish-brown robe with a blue chiton. In terms of iconography and style (the fine features of the Virgin's calm face, her small elegant hands and elongated figure) this icon has much in common with the classical images of 15th-century Moscow art, which owed much to Andrei Rublev. The continuation of traditions in the art of the late 15th - early 16th centuries was usual in ancient Russian art.

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Icon: The Virgin

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Technique:

tempera on panel and gilding

Dimensions:

158,5x60,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1948; transferred from the Exchange Fund of the State Hermitage Museum

Inventory Number:

ЭРИ-55

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