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Lot 0218
17th CENTURY RARE RUSSIAN ICON VIRGIN OF PASSION
Size 12 by 10.5".
Hand painted with egg tempera.
Gesso on wood panel.
Double kovcheg (raised borders).
Roman Catholics will instantly recognize this “Passion” Mother of God as identical to the image known in the West as “Our Lady of Perpetual Help”. In 1641 the Virgin spoke to a woman of the town of Palets (or Palitza) named Elizabeth. She was told to go to an Icon painter in Nizhni-Novgorod, named Gregory, and to have an Icon painted. After Elizabeth gave the painter seven silver coins to ornament the Icon, she was healed. The Christ Child is on his Mother’s left arm. He holds her right hand in his and looks over his left shoulder at one of 2 Angels flanking the pair. The Angels bear the instruments of the Passion: Cross, spear and sponge. There was a certain pious woman, Katherine, who began to suffer seizures and madness after her marriage. She ran off into the forest and attempted suicide more than once. In a moment of clarity she prayed to the Mother of God and vowed that if she were healed, she would enter a monastery. After recovering her health, she only remembered her vow after a long time. Afraid and mentally afflicted, she took to her bed. Three times the Most Holy Theotokos appeared to her, commanding the sick woman to go to Nizhni-Novgorod and to buy Her icon from the iconographer Gregory. After she had done this, Katherine received healing. From that time on, miracles have occurred from this icon. The Feast day of this icon is on August 13, commemorating its transfer from the village of Palitsa to Moscow in 1641. A church was built at the place where it was met at the Tver gates, and in 1654, the Strastnoi monastery was built.

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