Donskaja - Mother of god with Child.
Russia, 18th century.
Tempera on chalk ground, the background is silvered using polyment technique, Mother gods clothes are lightened with silver powder. Inscription above: MR TH (abbreviation for Mother of god), on the right at shoulder height: Donskaja (All Hallows Mother of god).
31.3 x 26.6 cm.
The Mother of god holds in her arm the Christ Child, who gives the blessing with his right hand. In her left hand she holds a white cloth (characteristic of the Donskaya Madonna). Two stars are visible on her forehead and left shoulder as a sign of her virginity.
Provenance: Liechtenstein private collection.