- Museum number
- Object: The Eulogy to the Mother of God (‘Pokhvala Presvyatui Bogoroditsui’)
Icon; painted; in the centre, within a mandorla, is the Virgin enthroned, her hands raised in supplication; above her, in a medallion, the half-length figure of Christ Emmanuel, his hands raised in a gesture of benediction. Flanking the Virgin are the 12 prophets (6 either side) holding scrolls: on the left: Habbakuk, Gideon, Zachariah, Moses, Solomon and David; beneath the Virgin, the magician Balaam; to right: Zachariah, Elijah, Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah and Jacob. Some of the prophets hold attributes symbolizing the Virgin Mary: a temple (Solomon), the Ark of the Covenant (David), closed gates (Ezekiel), and pincers (Isaiah).
Egg tempera, silver, gesso on wood.
- Production date
Height: 31.40 centimetres
Thickness: 2.80 centimetres
Width: 26.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The icon follows the traditional iconography established in Russian art in the 15th and 16th centuries, although unlike cat. no. 23, the Tree of Jesse has been replaced by the mandorla and the medallion which contain the images of the Virgin and Christ. See also the comments for cat. no. 23.
Cormack 2007, 124, no. 46
- Not on display
- Made from a single convex panel with shallow ‘kovcheg’; two inserted battens on the reverse; part of the painting has been restored, possibly in the 19th century, in the style of the 17th century. The paint layer on the borders and background has been scraped down to the gesso. All the inscriptions have been lost.
- 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 46 (Icon Collection number)