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Large Russian Icon - Our Lady of Smolensk

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Large Russian Icon - Our Lady of Smolensk

Our Lady of Smolensk is the name of an ancient miracle-working icon and one of Russia's most highly venerated icons. According to tradition, after the fall of Constantinople, the original icon painted by St. Luke surfaced in Russia, where it was placed in the Assumption Cathedral in Smolensk and therefore referred to as Our Lady of Smolensk. The original icon, dated by art historians to the 11th century, is now believed to have been destroyed by fire during the German occupation of Smolensk in 1941, but a great number of copies were made throughout the century, some of considerable historical and artistic value of their own.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 200-074-100-SP2
  • Size: 16 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches (42 x 34 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1900
  • Origin: Russian icon-painting village of Kholui
  • Materials: Egg tempera on silvered, tooled, and gessoed wood
  • Price: $1,750
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