Russian icon | Vladimirskaya Mother of God

Icon: Vladimirskaya Mother of God B-19

Russia, Moscow, first half 17th century
Tempera on panel, 32 x 27.5 cm

Private collection, UK, since 1923, thence by descent
Morsink Icon Gallery, Amsterdam
ALR Ref. No.: S00153447


The type of the Mother of God Vladimirskaya is one of the most famous icons in Russia. On the icon, the Virgin carries the Christ Child on her right arm. With her left hand she gestures towards her Son. The Christ Child presses his cheek against his mother’s and is looking up at her. Mary does not respond to his gaze but looks past Him. The icon emphasizes the human aspect of Christ and the focal point is the intimate tie with his mother, against whom He is nestling.

The refined style of painting is typical for Moscow icons from the first half to the middle of the 17th century.