Painting

Icon: Intercession of the Virgin

Icon: Intercession of the Virgin
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Painting, Tempera on panel and gilding, 74x51 cm
Origin: Russia, 15th century

The festival of the Intercession, one of the most popular Christian celebrations in all of Russia, was instituted in the 13th century in Vladimir by Prince Andrey Bogolyubsky. It's purpose was to honour an 8th-century miracle of the Virgin's veil . During an all-night service in the Church of the Blachernae in Constantinople , the Blessed Andrew the Fool, accompanied by his pupil Epiphanius, had a vision of the Virgin accompanied by the Apostles and the Fathers of the Church. Her veil remained visible, shining in the air over the heads of the people, for some time after the Virgin herself had disappeared. Every Friday night in the Church of the Blachernae a special ritual was held in which the veil was lifted over the image of the Virgin.

Icons of course came to reflect this festival and the 15th-century Pskov master who painted this work observed the established traditions in that he showed the Virgin in the Orans pose standing on a cloud above the Holy Doors in a church. Angels support the veil over her head and above Mary is a half-length depiction of Christ blessing. To the sides are groups of saints, and at bottom right are Andrey and Epiphanius.

Personage: The Mother of God
Source of entry: Pskov Museum Reserve, 1956
School: Pskov
Theme: The Bible and Christianity
Exibition: Russian Culture: 10th - 15th centuries

See also

The Icon Intercession / The Intercession of the Holy Virgin ...
The Icon Intercession / The Intercession of the Holy Virgin. Russian Orthodox Church/ut000039 Size 4,6x5,6 inches (11,5x14 centimeters).
Larissa Chlenova. The Intercession Icon from Eastern Halychyna ...
The presence of St. Andrew the Fool in Christ and St. Epiphanios also directly relates the icon to the Intercession subject. A similar type of the Virgin is ...
The Protection of the Mother of God - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Pokrov icon may well be related to the Western Virgin of Mercy ... around the world: the Moscow Cathedral of Intercession Upon the Moat ...
Byzantine Icons Holy Virgin Mary: Our Lady of Philermos (Madonna ...
Our Lady of Philermos, byzantine icon, Rhodes, Greece, 16th century, ... favour of the Knights by the intercession of the Virgin and St. John the Baptist. ...

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