AI ICON OF VIRGIN 'MOST HOLY MOTHER' WITH SAINTS GREGORY, AGRAPHENA (?), EUPDOCIA AND ALEXANDRA Moscow, late 19th century.
wood, gesso, gold leaf, tempera 31,9 х 26,5 сm. Condition: no restoration, covered with a layer of darkened varnish, crack at the joint of the boards on the upper field. The iconography of the Mother of God is known from the end of the 17th century from a drawing from an icon in the Sijsky iconographic original. Distinctive features of this rather rare iconography are the text of the Virgin’s Kondak, by whose first words the icon is called, placed on the ornamental border of Mary’s maforion.