Russian icon | Triptych with the Mother of God, the Miracle of the Archangel Michael at Chonae and the Prophet Elijah in the Desert

Icon: Triptych with the Mother of God, the Miracle of the Archangel Michael at Chonae and the Prophet Elijah in the Desert B-22

Russia, 17th century
Tempera on wood, 24.5 x 9 cm (open)

Provenance:
Private collection, UK
Morsink Icon Gallery, Amsterdam
ALR Ref. No.:S00153451

Bibliography:
Unpublished
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The central panel of this travelling triptych shows the intimate image of the Mother of God and Child, depicted in the iconography of the reversed Korsunskaya. Christ tries to catch the eye of his mother but she does not answer his look. She is gazing over Him as if lost in thought. On the left wing, the Archangel Michael and the Miracle of Chonae is shown. Following legend, pagans directed the stream of a river against the sanctuary of the Archangel Michael in order to destroy it, but Michael appeared and split the rock by lightning to give a new bed to the stream, diverting the flow away from the church. On the right wing, the prophet Elijah is seated before a dark cave in the desert. A raven is shown flying in with a piece of bread in its beak.

The triptych is enclosed in a copper casing. The border of each finely painted small  panel is covered with a silver basma.