- Museum number
- Object: St Prince Theodore of Yaroslavl’ and his sons David and Constantine
Icon; painted; Prince Theodore is depicted as a monk wearing a hermit's mantle; he holds a scroll in his left hand and blesses with his right. The young princes David and Constantine wear aristocratic fur mantels decorated with gold embroidery. Above them in clouds is an image of Christ.
Inscription: in Greek in Christ's nimbus: O (for O [WH]: He Who Is).
Egg tempera, gesso on wood.
- Production date
Length: 317 millimetres
Weight: 931 grammes
Width: 265 millimetres
Depth: 22 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- St Theodore (c.1240–99) and his sons David (c. 1280–1321) and Constantine (d. early 1300s) were venerated as miracle-workers from 1463 when their relics were discovered undamaged in the Transfiguration of the Saviour monastery in Yaroslavl’. According to legend this was the monastery which the prince had entered shortly before his death and the first icon with this iconography was commissioned by his wife Anna for it. The iconography of the Museum’s icon follows in general the design of the famous 16th-century icon of Theodore, David and Constantine from the same monastery and now in Yaroslavl’ Museum (Nersesian 2002, no. 43).
Cormack 2007, 123, no. 43.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2015 15 Sep-10 Jan, USA, Norfolk, Chrysler Museum of Art, Byzantium to Russia: The origins and development of Russian icons 1200 to 1900
2015 30 Apr- 22 Aug, USA, Clinton, Museum of Russian Icons, Byzantium to Russia: The origins and development of Russian Icons 1200 to 1900.
- Made from a single panel with two inserted battens on the reverse; the original 17th-century painting, which includes all three figures and part of the image of Christ, was inserted into a later panel and surrounded with new gesso during the course of its restoration in the 19th century. At the same time the original paint was restored. All the original inscriptions are missing.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- See 1998,0605.1 Most of the items catalogued under 1998,0605 were acquired by Sir Frank Roberts’ wife, Cella.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: IC 43 (Icon Collection number)