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  • Icon: Appearance of the Virgin to St Sergius (The Vision of St Sergius)

    Technique:
    tempera on panel and gilding
    Dimensions:
    30x25,3 cm

Icon: Appearance of the Virgin to St Sergius (The Vision of St Sergius)

Russia, Early 17th century

This work was painted before 1621/22 by a master at the Trinity Monastery of St Sergius, some 70 km from Moscow. Its subject comes from a legend of the appearance of the Virgin, the apostles Peter and John to the Venerable St Sergius of Radonezh, in the presence of his pupil Micah. The name of St Sergius of Radonezh (1314-1392), founder of the Trinity Monastery of St Sergius, is forever linked with the Russian people's struggle against the Tatar-Mongol yoke. It was he who provided spiritual support, blessing the Moscow Prince Dmitry Donskoy and predicting his victory in battle. For six months before his death St Sergius of Radonezh made his experienced pupil Nicon head of the monastery. Nicon was greatly revered by the monks and later he was canonized. Thus to the left we see the Virgin and the apostles, and to the right St Sergius and his pupil and successor St Nicon. At the top in a semicircle is the Old Testament Trinity - three Angels seated at repast.

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Icon: Appearance of the Virgin to St Sergius (The Vision of St Sergius)

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Technique:

tempera on panel and gilding

Dimensions:

30x25,3 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1959; handed over from the Exchange Fund of the State Hermitage

Inventory Number:

ЭРИ-355

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