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Nativity of the Mother of God with Prophets and Apostles

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Nativity of the Mother of God with Prophets and Apostles

Made by: Unknown

On view in: Icon Room


About this object

Scenes from the life of the Mother of God are laid out in three registers in the center of the icon: 1) the Offerings are Rejected, 2) the Annunciation to Joachim and Anna, 3) the Meeting of Joachim and Anna, 4) the Birth of the Mother of God, 5) the Bathing of the Mother of God, 6) the First Steps, 7) the Presentation to Zachariah in the Temple. These scenes are framed by eighteen medallions, with God Savaoth at top center flanked by the Archangel Michael to his right and the Archangel Gabriel to his left. The rest of the medallions contain prophets and apostles, each holding a scroll whose inscription has almost disappeared. The icon is brightly painted in pinks, blues, and purples in a miniature style. The board is carved and a red border with blue corners decorated with chrysography defines the kovcheg. The once gilded borders are now cream colored. The board has no shponki and is barely warped.

Category:
PAINTINGS
Object name:
Nativity of the Mother of God with Prophets and Apostles
Made from:
Tempera on wood
Made in:
RUSSIA
Date made:
19th c.
Size:
overall __12.36 IN __10.44 IN
overall __31.41 CM __26.51 CM

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
54.10
Class:
ICON
Signature marks:
INSCRIPTION; LABEL __recto: remnants of OCS inscriptions remain in the medallions ("STY STY STY" "GD SAVAOF" "AZ ESLI SVASHCHENNYI K BOG") verso: "#5" (round label); "#6" (square label); "THIS ICON IS FINE 1985 No 2" (on masking tape); proper left side: "Rozhdestvo pr. Bogor. 8/IX" (in cyrillic on label); "M15.1970 Rosso" (on label)
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973