19th Century oil on panel Russian Icon
19th Century oil on panel Russian Icon
19th Century oil on panel Russian Icon
19th Century oil on panel Russian Icon
19th Century oil on panel Russian Icon
19th Century oil on panel Russian Icon
19th Century oil on panel Russian Icon
19th Century oil on panel Russian Icon

19th Century oil on panel Russian Icon

19th century Russia

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This ethereal and highly detailed oil on panel icon is painted in six sections that depict the Madonna and Child in the centre, with five surrounding scenes of saints. The icon references the Byzantine influence on the style of Russian Orthodox icons and their revived interest in the 1800's. However, due to the invention of mechanised lithography on paper and tin in the 1800's, painted icons such as this one became more rare and expensive. Notable features of the Byzantine style in this icon are the angular facial features of the figures, which defy attempts of naturalism in favour of religious symbolism, and the extensive use of gold ground throughout the composition. The Cyrllic text identifies the saints as follows:

Figures top row L-R: St. Spiridon; St. John the Apostle; the Madonna; Jesus Christ; St. John the Baptist; St. Nicholas
Figures bottom row L-R: St. George; St. Anthony; St. Evfimy; St. Onuphrius; St. Sabbas the Sanctified; St. Demetrius

The passages of text at the bottom of the composition, to the left and right are prayers, and the central text passage states that there was a similar icon located in a monastery at Mount Athos, Greece, which was the epicentre for Eastern European and Russian Orthodox churches, after which this icon was made.


Dimensions
Height 44.00 cm (17.32 inches)
Width 54.00 cm (21.26 inches)
Stock Code
15282
Medium
Oil on panel
Signed/Inscribed
Inscribed in Cyrillic
Mayfair Gallery Ltd.

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