The Dormition of the Holy Virgin

Iconography:  Dormition of the Holy Virgin

Date: XVI century. Second half of the 16th century (1570s-1580s)

Iconographic school/art center:  Pskov icon-painting school

Material: Wood, canvas, levkas, tempera

Dimensions:  height 76 cm, width 54 cm

The Mother of God is shown lying on the deathbed, the apostles are wailing over Her. Behind the deathbed is depicted the figure of Jesus Christ in glory with the child in His hands symbolizing the soul of Our Lady. To the right and to the left of the Savior are shown the angels, the saints and the righteous women. In the lower part of the icon is represented the scene of severing the hands of impious Hebrew Aufonius. The icon has a specific feature: unusually expanded glorious halo looking like a semi-circular wall relating to all the depicted figures.

Inv. № 1598. © Pskov State United Historical, Architectural and Fine Arts Museum-Reserve

Bibliography: Васильева О.А. Иконы Пскова. М., 2006. № 60. С. 219.

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