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    Sale 7596

    Icons and Artefacts From The Orthodox World

    9 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 45

    A MONUMENTAL ICON NARRATING THE CHILDHOOD OF THE MOTHER OF GOD

    RUSSIAN, MIDDLE OF THE 17TH CENTURY

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    A MONUMENTAL ICON NARRATING THE CHILDHOOD OF THE MOTHER OF GOD
    RUSSIAN, MIDDLE OF THE 17TH CENTURY
    Commencing in the upper left corner, the couple embracing at the gates of the city, having just completed their prayers, St. Joachim in the desert, shown to the left, and St. Anna in her garden, depicted to the right; below, reclining on a couch, St. Anna assisted by a number of maids, having given birth to the Mother of God, three other attendants ascending the staircase to her chamber; at the lower left, an image of the Mother of God's first bath, three swans represented adjacently; two scenes of Sts. Joachim and Anna with their daughter illustrated on the upper floor of the building to the right; the crowded architecture of the background painted in ochre, red and green, the decorative elements in white, the interior areas suggested by dark colours
    28 x 20½ in. (72.2 x 52.1 cm)


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    Literature

    Catalogue of the exhibition Golden Light. Masterpieces of the Art of the Icon Koninklijk Museum, (Antwerp, 1988), no.71
    Catalogue of the exhibition Kunst des Christlichen Ostens, (Hoechst, 1986), no. 155