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  • Icon: Intercession of the Virgin

    Technique:
    tempera on panel and gilding
    Dimensions:
    74x51 cm

Icon: Intercession of the Virgin

Russia, 15th century

The festival of the Intercession of the Virgin, one of the most popular Christian celebrations in all of Russia, was instituted in the 12th century in Vladimir by Prince Andrei Bogoliubsky. It's purpose was to honour the 910 miracle of the Virgin's veil (maphorion). During an all-night service in the Church of Blachernae in Constantinople (where the Virgin's veil had been kept since early times), the Blessed Andrew the Fool in Christ, accompanied by his pupil Epiphanius, had a vision of the Virgin accompanied by the Apostles and the Fathers of the Church. She took off her veil and spread it over the heads of the people. Every Friday night in the Church of Blachernae a special ritual was held in which the veil was lifted over the icon of the Virgin. Icons of course came to reflect this festival and the 15th-century Pskov master who painted this work observed the established traditions in that he showed the Virgin in the praying pose standing on a cloud above the Holy Doors in a church. Angels support the veil over her head and above the Virgin Mary is a half-length depiction of Christ blessing. To the sides are groups of saints, and at bottom right are Sts Andrew and Epiphanius.

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Icon: Intercession of the Virgin

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tempera on panel and gilding

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74x51 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1956; transferred from the Pskov Regional Local History Museum

Inventory Number:

ЭРИ-229

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