Russian icon | Kazanskaya Mother of God

Icon: Kazanskaya Mother of God B-16

Origin :
Period :
circa 1700
Size :
32.2 x 26.2 cm
Provenance :
Private Collection, USA

In Russia, the Kazanskaya Mother of God is one of the most revered icons. The Virgin has been painted from her shoulders upwards. She inclines her head towards Christ, who stands at her left side with his right hand raised in benediction. He is depicted half-length and faces the viewer frontally. 

Following legend, the icon of the Mother of God of Kazan was discovered by a girl called Matrona in 1579. The house where the nine-year-old Matrona lived with her parents burned to the ground in the same year. After this event, the Mother of God visited Matrona several times in her dreams and told her that she should look for a miraculous icon under the ashes of the house. In the Russian Orthodox Church calendar the Kazanskaya icon is celebrated on 8 July and 22 October.

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