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Lot 0723
**Originally Listed At $1200**

Eastern Europe, Russia, ca. 1720 to 1740 CE. A very special icon finely delineated in egg tempera, gold leaf, and varnish on wood with an engaging tripartite composition. The upper left panel features the Mother of God holding the Christ child in one arm, as he makes a blessing gesture. On her shoulders and head, Mary wears a triple, star-shaped cross, which is an ancient symbol of her virginity - before, during, and following the birth. The Anastasis scene, also known as the Harrowing of Hell, on the upper right, shows Christ holding the Cross, resurrected and breaking down the doors of hell, holding Adam's hand with Eve kneeling in her tomb (Adam and Eve being the first progenitors), crowned kings (David and Solomon) and prophets from the Old Testament. Below these, the largest panel presents Christ with prophets and kings. In addition to this rich iconography, this icon is impressive for how it has aged so gracefully. Just look at that remarkable craquelure across the composition. Size: 12.25" L x 10.75" W (31.1 cm x 27.3 cm)

Icons were some of the first religious artworks brought to Russia from Byzantium. These sacred pictures of the Greek Orthodox church reached a high point in the Byzantine era, however, the Russians brought their own style to the art of the icon. Icons were initially created for use in churches and processions. In time they became smaller and were used increasingly within households. To this day they remain an important form of visual culture in Russia's orthodox religious community.

Provenance: private Ventura County, California, USA collection

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Expected surface wear, darkening, and abraded areas / losses commensurate with age. Nevertheless, this icon has aged gracefully with marvelous craquelure on the surface.

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18th C. Russian Icon - Tripartite Composition

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