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Virgin of Unexpected Joy - exhibited at the Temple Gallery, specialists in Russian icons

V008. Virgin of Unexpected Joy
Russian, late 19th century
31.2 x 26.6 cm Click here to convert metric size to imperial
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8. Virgin of Unexpected Joy,
Russian,
(Rus. Nechayanay Radosti)
Late 19th century,
31.2 x 26.6 cms,

There is a convention that this icon includes the text - or more often the first part of the text - of Saint Dimitri of Rostov that tells the story of the evil-doer who prayed to the icon of the Mother of God, beginning with the traditional greeting 'Hail Mary. Full of grace' even while planning his next evil deed. The story goes on to tell how both the Virgin and Christ spoke to the sinner, pointing out that his misdeeds harmed the Saviour.