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Mother of God - exhibited at the Temple Gallery, specialists in Russian icons

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VV040. Mother of God from a Deesis

Russian
19th century
31.8 x 26.5 cmClick here to convert metric size to imperial

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This icon is the left panel from a deesis (prayer or petition) - an iconographic arrangement that originated in the Byzantine period, and consists of The Virgin and St John the Baptist flanking an image of Christ Pantocrator. The two saints petition Christ with prayers (signified by their gestures) for the salvation of mankind (see fig. a below for an example of its original location in the group). In the current example, the Mother of God is shown in half-length and leaning toward her left, as if facing Christ. Her right hand is raised in a gesture that leads us into the Saviour. In her left hand she holds an open scroll with an inscription from Luke 1:46-55 that echoes her physical stance and gestures: 'My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.'


Fig. a. Deesis, Russian, 16th century. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

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