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  • Icon: The Virgin of the Don. The Hexameron and Selected Saints

    Technique:
    tempera on panel and gilding
    Dimensions:
    32x26 cm

Icon: The Virgin of the Don. The Hexameron and Selected Saints

Russia, 16th - early 17th century

This icon contains work by different masters, painted at two different times. The central area dates to the 16th century and is probably the work of a Moscow master, while the scenes in the surrounding fields are most likely by an early 17th-century master from the Volga region. According to a legend held within the family which once owned this icon, it formerly belonged to the Godunov family. This type of icon gained its name in the 14th century: according to legend, the original (from which other images are derived) was presented by the Don Cossacks to Prince of Moscow, Dmitry Donskoy, before the Battle of Kulikovo, where the Slavs defeated the Mongol Tatars. The Virgin of the Don belongs to the Byzantine Eleousa type (The Virgin of Tenderness). This is one of the most hallowed icons of Russia.

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Icon: The Virgin of the Don. The Hexameron and Selected Saints

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Technique:

tempera on panel and gilding

Dimensions:

32x26 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1960; purchased from a private person

Inventory Number:

ЭРИ-470

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