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Icon of the Mother of God "Seeker of the Lost"

Made by: Unknown

On view in: Mansion Exhibit - Russian Sacred Arts Gallery

About this object

In this faithful copy of the Mother of God "Promise of Those Who Suffer" Christ, dressed in a simple white chiton, seems to be climbing out of the crook of his mother's arm. With his right hand he steadies himself against her neck, while his left foot is supported by her left hand. Her cheek rests on the top of his head as she gazes off to the side. She is shown three-quarter length, dressed in a heavy dark red mantle with gold foliate pattern and richly beaded border; a length of similiar fabric covers her lap. Her high-waisted dark green gown with a rolled collar is enlivened with broad gold highlights and she wears a greenish veil with beaded border on top of which sits a crown with a Latin cross on top. In the upper right section stands St. John the Warrior with his arms parted in a gesture of praise. The faces and hands have pink ears, eyelids, cheeks and toes characteristic of Baroque painting. The ground of the icon is covered with a silver gilt oklad with a niello decoration of urns, sprays of flowers, and cherubim, on a stippled ground. The haloes of the central group are engraved with sunbursts and an inscription in Old Church Slavonic that reads "The Brightest Dawn of Our Heavenly Father." A second band of inscriptions reads " ". The monograms of the Mother of God and Christ are engraved in script in medallions in the upper corners. The icon has two vertical shponki and is covered on the verso with a red and cream floral fabric.

Object name:
Made from:
Tempera on wood with gilding -- silver gilt -- gilt -- and niello
Made in:
RUSSIA: Moscow
Date made:
H. 12 1/2 in., W. 10 5/8 in.
overall __31.75 CM __26.99 CM

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
Signature marks:
INSCRIPTION; MARK __OKLAD: on bottom edge 1) M.D. for unknown master, 1790-93 (P-L #2641), 2) St. George and the Dragon for Moscow, 3) 1795 A.T for tester Andrei Titov, 1786-98 (P-L #2094), 4) AOP (in a heart shape) for unknown alderman (P-L #2136); on verso "MR" "FU"; "IIS KhTS"; "S M IOAN VO" (above each figure), "NBSNAGO TSRIA PRVTLAIA ZAPIA" (around Mother of God's halo), "PREIZBRINAIA MRIA NEVESTA MOLIASHCHISIA EI DAST VPOLSU MESTA MTI SSNOM BESEDUET DA VSIAKII V NEBE TSRSTVO NASLEDUET RAIIU SLOVESNY DOM EGO NBSNI" (outer band around the Mother of God's halo) ICON: on verso ". . . 12" (in pencil); "Loan Exhibition of Russian Icons at A La Vieille Russie 781 Fifth Ave New York Nov-Dec 1962 No 78" (printed label); "No 18" (on label attached to wire hanger)
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Displayed in exhibition:
Exuberance of Meaning: The Art Patronage of Catherine the Great (1762-1796), Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Sept. 21, 2013 - Jan. 5, 2014
Exhibition: Hammer Galleries 1952, #330
Tradition in Transition: Russian Icons in the Age of the Romanovs. Organized by Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens with the Steinhardt-Sherlock Trust and toured by International Arts & Artists; Hillwood Museum, Jun1 - Dec 31, 2004; Nevada Museum of Art Feb 3 -Apr 30,2006; Timken Museum of Art May 15 - Aug 15, 2006; Muscarelle Museum of Art Aug 26 - Oct 8, 2006; Boise Art Museum, Nov 11,2006 - Jan 28, 2007; Loyola University of Art, Feb 20 - May 20, 2007; Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Jun 12 - Sept 2, 2007; Louisiana Art & Sciences Museum, Sept 28, 2007 - Jan 6, 2008; Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art, Jun 20, 2008 - Aug 31, 2008; Memorial Art Gallery University of Rochester, Oct 4,2008 - Jan 4, 2009
Exhibition of Russian Icons, A la Vieille Russie, New York, Nov. 27 - Dec. 15, 1962
Passion of the Empress: Catherine the Great’s Art Patronage, Organized by the Georgia Museum of Art; Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, Feb 14 - June 8, 2014
Featured in publication:
Exuberance of Meaning: The Art Patronage of Catherine the Great (1762-1769), by Asen Kirin with contributions by Liana Paredes, Kristen Regina, and Scott Ruby; Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia; 2013
Salmond, Wendy R. Tradition in Transition: Russian Icons in the Age of the Romanovs. Edited by Robin O. Surratt. Washington, D.C.: Hillwood Museum and Gardens, 2004.
Salmond, Wendy R. Russian Icons at Hillwood. Edited by Nancy Eickel. The Hillwood Collection Series. Washington, D.C.: Hillwood Museum and Gardens, 1996.