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Russian Icon - Calendar icon with Saints for January & 12 Miracleworking Madonnas

This icon was a part of a 12-icon set of menological (annual) Calendar icons and represents the month of January. On the borders are depictions of 12 miracle working Madonnas, with feast days commemorated in January. 

Known as synaxaria (monthly), twelve monthly panels of the Calendar icons are exhibited in the church one at a time on a special lectern called the analogion and depict images of saints arranged chronologically according to their feast days in alteration with the movable liturgical feasts as they distributed in the Orthodox calendar for one specific month. 

Although, most saints are represented standing, martyrs are usually depicted at the moment of their martyrdom. The images are arranged in four rows, each row signifying a calendar week of a month with portraits of saints venerated during this week. The layout and color scheme of this “calendar of sainthood” play a role in their legibility and practical use.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 02-RSMIS-5
  • Size: 14 x 12 in (35.5 x 30.5 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1900
  • Origin: Central Russia
  • Materials: Egg tempera on gilt and gessoed wood
  • Price: SOLD!
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