Temple Gallery

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

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WW024. Virgin of Vladimir

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

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The composition follows that of the great icon painted in Constantinople in the late eleventh century (fig. a) (for more information, see below). The Virgin's glance varies: sometimes she gazes towards the onlooker, and sometimes it is down, towards her son, or, as we find in the current example, a deep inward gaze into the middle distance. The composition, in the embrace of the two figures, characterises tenderness (Russian: 'Oumileinye'; Greek: 'Eleusa').

Fig. a. Virgin of Vladimir, Byzantine, 11th c. Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

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