Icon: Vladimirskaya Mother of God | R-14
Origin Russia, Moscow
Period : 17th century
Size : 31.4 x 26.6 cm
The Mother of God Vladimirskaya is one of the most famous icons of Russia. On the icon, against an olive green ground the Virgin carries the Christ Child on her right arm. With her left hand she gestures towards her Son. The Christ Child presses his cheek against his mother’s and gazes at her. Mary does not respond to his gaze but looks past Him at the viewer. On the left and on the right border of the icon four saints are depicted, all raising their hands in prayer.The icon emphasizes the human aspect of Christ and the focal point is the intimate tie with his mother, against whom he is nestling. The icon is painted under Moscow influence, and can be dated in the 17th century.