Icon: Mother of God ‘Glory unto Thee…’ | P-10
Origin Russia, Moscow
Period : second half 17th century (vrezka)
Size : 31.5 x 26.7 cm
Prof. Dr. P. Hendrix Collection, The Netherlands

The representation is inspired by the prayer chanted in honour of the Virgin at the liturgical service of St John Chrysostom. The icon is divided into four sections to correspond with each of the hymn’s four verses. This type of symbolic, liturgical icon was very popular in Moscow in the 17th century.

1. It is truly meet to bless you, O Theotokos….
The Virgin Enthroned, holding the Christ Child on her left arm, is presented within a nimb held by angels. In the lower part of the scene prophets and apostles praise the Virgin.

2. Ever blessed and most pure, and the Mother of our God….
The Virgin is depicted full length, her hands raised in prayer (Orante). Christ is depicted within a medallion before the Virgin’s breast as the Emmanuel. Groups of apostles and saints praise the Virgin.

3. More honorable than the cherubim, beyond compare more glorious than the seraphim….
The Virgin, represented in in upright position, while holding the Christ Child, is surrounded by the nine choirs of angels as described by Dionysios Areopagites. 

4. Without corruption you gave birth to God, the Word. True Theotokos, we magnify you….
The Virgin Enthroned, holding the Christ Child, is praised by hierarchs, prophets and monks. St Cyril of Alexandria and St Basil the Great are holding the scroll with the text of the glorification.

The brilliant, miniature style of the painting is based on the traditions from the Stroganov and Moscow schools from the late 16th and first half of the 17th century. Stylistic details point out that our icon can be dated slightly later, in the second half of the 17th century. The rich style of the painting and the complicated iconography indicate the icon derives from a Moscow workshop.

The borders of the icon have been repainted in the 19th century, probably in a Palekh workshop.

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