A RARE ICON 'GLORIOUS MOTHER OF GOD' (OR 'ARAVIYSKAYA') WITH SAINTS GREGORY, AGRIPPINA (?), EUDOXIA 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 blackened varnish, crack at the joint of the boards on the upper field. The iconography of the Mother of God has been known since the late 17th century thanks to a drawing taken from an icon of the original Sikh iconography. This rather rare iconography is distinguished by the text of the Divine Condak, the first words of which give the icon its name, placed on the ornamental border of Mary's cloak. Coondition: unrestored, under a layer of blackened varnish, one crack at the joint of the boards on the upper margin.