Nativity of the Mother of God, with scenes from the life of Joachim and Anna and the Holy Virgin, with feasts

Iconography:  Nativity of the Holy Virgin, Scenes from the Mother of God’s Life

Date: XVI century. 1566

Iconographic school/art center:  The Vologda school

Icon-painter: Sukhoi Milovo

Origin: From the Сhurch of St. Leonty, Vologda.

Material: Wood, canvas, levkas, tempera

Dimensions:  height 169,5 cm, width 124 cm

The center of the icon framed with a broad red case represents the scene of the Nativity of Christ. In the bottom left corner is a high coach with Anna lying on it; next to her are maidservants. Below, before the bed, is the scene of the washing of the newborn baby: a maid with a swaddled baby sits by a font. In the right bottom corner is the scene of Joachim and Anna caressing the child. Against a background are chambers with ciboria and a red velum between them. The central part is surrounded by 18 border scenes from the life of the blessed Joachim and Anna, the Virgin Mary and the Feasts of the Mother of God. Border scenes: 1. Joachim and Anna brings offerings to the Temple of Jerusalem. 2.Joachim prays to God in the wilderness to give him a child; 3.Anna prays to God in the garden to give her a child; 4.The meeting of Joachim and Anna at the Golden Gates; 5.The entry of the Mother of God into the temple; 6. The wedding of St. Mary and St. Joseph; 7.7.The Annunciation; 8.The Nativity of Christ; 9.The Assembly of the Mother of God; 10.The Presentation of the Holy Virgin; 11.The Annunciation of Death of the Virgin (the angel appears before the Mother of God to announce of Her Dormition); 12.The prayer of the Mother of God on the Mount of Olives 13.The Dormition of the Holy Virgin; 14.The deposition of the cincture of the Mother of God; 15.The deposition of the robe of the Mother of God; 16.The Mother of God appears to the apostles as they break breads; 17. The Intercession of the Holy Virgin; 18. The meeting of the icon of Our Lady of Vladimir in Moscow.

Inv. NO ВОКМ 6099 © Vologda State Museum of History, Architecture and Art

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