Our Lady Hodegetria

Iconography:  Holy Virgin Hodegetria

Date: XV century. 1482

Iconographic school/art center:  Moscow school

Icon-painter: Dionisius

Origin: From the Ascension Cathedral of the Ascension Monastery in Moscow’s Kremlin.

Material: Wood, tempera

Dimensions:  height 135 cm, width 111 cm

In the 14th century, Archbishop of Suzdal Dionysius commissioned a copy to be made in Constantinople of the wonderworking icon of the Mother of God Hodegetria from the Hodegon Monastery. The copy was later removed to the Ascension Cathedral of the Ascension Monastery founded in Moscow’s Kremlin by the grand princess Eudokia. The icon was damaged by the 1482 fire and Dionysius was ordered to repaint it. Among iconographic features of the icon are the depiction of the Infant and the half-length figures of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel that had obviously remained in the original painting.

Inv. № .12799. © The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow


Иконопись из собрания Третьяковской галереи. М., 2008. С. 117.

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