Eastern Europe, Russia, ca. late 18th to early 19th century CE. Finely painted in egg tempera and gold leaf on gesso on wood, a large icon depicting St. Alexander Yaroslavish Nevsky who served as the Prince of Novgorod (1236-1240 and 1240-1256 and 1258-1259), the Grand Prince of Kiev (1236-1252), and Grand Prince of Vladimir (1252-1263) during a difficult period of Kievan Russia history when Russia was under attack from the East and the West. Here he is depicted dressed in regal attire - a golden robe lined with ermine trim, bejeweled with rubies, emeralds, and pearls as well as a coordinating crown. His haloed visage looks upward toward the heavens, as he holds his right hand over his heart and an impressive sword in his left hand while standing upon a tile floor that demonstrates linear perspective. Size: 16.25" W x 29.25" H (41.3 cm x 74.3 cm)
Grandson of Vsevolod the Big Nest and son to Grand Prince Yaroslav II Vsevolodovich of Vladimer and Ryazan princess Theodosia Igorevna, Alexander Nevsky was revered for his military victories and diplomacy that dissuaded foreign domination. In 1547 he was canonized as a saint of the Russian Orthodox Church. Alexander was known to be a great warrior, a religious man, an ascetic, and a protector of the Land of Russia. It has been said that, "Without the command of God there would not have been his prince."
Provenance: ex-Francis & Lilly Robicsek collection, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
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