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  • Icon: Nativity of the Virgin

    Technique:
    tempera on panel and gilding
    Dimensions:
    90x70,5 cm

Icon: Nativity of the Virgin

Russia, First half of the 16th century

The subject of the Nativity of the Virgin is taken from the apocryphal Protevangelium of James. Its composition was borrowed from Byzantine art by Old Russian artists. St Anna, mother of the Virgin Mary, is seated on a couch while women bring her gifts; the baby Mary is being washed and in the openings of the upper tier we see St Joachim, the Virgin's father. The wealth of red, bright yellow and green tones recalls Novgorod icons while the soft outlines of the figures turned towards Anna and their unhurried ceremoniousness find analogies in 16th-century Moscow art. The noticeable variety of scale of the figures and the nature of the painting allow us to attribute this icon to a northern Russian master who used as his models works by both Novgorod and Moscow artists.

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Icon: Nativity of the Virgin

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Technique:

tempera on panel and gilding

Dimensions:

90x70,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1960; received by the State Hermitage expedition sent to identify and collect works of ancient Russian art in different areas of the Arkhangelsk Region in 1960

Inventory Number:

ЭРИ-476

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