Title: Very Large The Mother of God PecherskayaOrigin: RussiaDate: age 1890-1930Materials: tempera on wooden boardSize:size 94 x 79 cmAdditonal Info/Description:According to legend, the icon of the Mother of God Pecherskaya was painted in 1085 by St. Alimphy, the legendary first Russian icon painter. It was kept at the Svena Monastery of the Dormition situated not far from the city of Bryansk. In 1288, Prince Roman Mikhailovich of Chernigov, when visiting the city, lost his sight. He dispatched a messenger to the Kiev-Pechery Monastery, asking to send him a miracle-working icon. Such an icon, accompanied by a priest, was sent him by the way of the Desna River. During the journey the boat suddenly came to a halt and only after the men accompanying the icon decided to stop for the night on the Svena River did the boat resume moving. That night the icon disappeared. Following a search it was found standing upright amid the branches of an oak-tree on a hill. Prince Roman, notified about the occurrence, went to that place, and, having offered prayers to the Most Holy Theotokos before the icon, regained his sight. Subsequently the Svena Monastery was founded and a Church of the Dormition was built there. Feast days: May 3/16 and August 17/30.This icon shows the Mother of God seated on a throne decorated with ornaments with the Christ Child on her lap. The two founders of the Kiev Monastery, St Antoni and St Feodosii are standing to the left and the right of the Virgin. Provenance: private collection Germany. The authenticity of every icon is guaranteed.
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