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Icon in Three Registers - exhibited at the Temple Gallery, specialists in Russian icons

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VV025. Icon in Three Registers with the Descent into Hell, Mother of God and Saints

Russian Folk Art, Kholui
19th century
35.5 x 30.2 cmClick here to convert metric size to imperial

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The icon is structured into three tiers. The table below highlights the scenes in their particular order on the panel:

This icon was painted in Kholui, which, along with Palekh and Mstera, was an icon painting centre that produced icons on an industrial scale (sometimes hundreds of icons a day)[1] for pilgrims and the peasantry, and thus was influenced by contemporary Russian folk art. They are simple, humble works, yet 'these popular icons can exude great charm and sincerity', as Wendy R. Salmond writes about the Kholui school.[2] An example of an icon depicting the Crucifixion from a Kholui workshop can be seen in the Hillwood Museum in Washington (fig. a).

Fig. a. Crucifixion in Four parts, Kholui, 1800-1900, Hillwood Gallery, Washington, USA

1. Wendy R. Salmond, Tradition in Transition: Russian Icons in the Age of the Romanovs, (Washington, Hillwood Galleries, 2004), p. 57
2. Ibid. p. 59

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