Jasper52 auction devoted to religious icons slated for Jan. 14
NEW YORK – Arising from the European Orthodox world are icons that carry rich histories and intricate religious symbolism. Depicting Gospel scenes, these ornate paintings on wood and brass oklad covered motifs remain faithful to the stories of Christ, the Virgin Mary and the early saints. Jasper52 will present an online auction devoted to these antique icons on Jan. 14. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.
One of the stars in this heavenly offering is an 1859 Russian icon depicting Our Lady of Kazan with the Christ Child (above). Kazanskaya Mother of God, also called Our Lady of Kazan, was a holy icon of the highest stature within the Russian Orthodox Church, representing the Virgin Mary as the protector and patroness of the city of Kazan and a palladium of all of Russia.
In a deesis, a traditional representation in Byzantine art, the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist implore Jesus Christ. A fine 19th century example of this type of icon is featured in the auction.
The birth of Christ is celebrated in a 19th century gilt gold Russian icon (below).
Another 19th century gilt gold Russian icon displays the Resurrection with scenes from Christ’s Passion.
Saints represented in the auction range from the universally known Michael the Archangel (below) to the Russian St. Nikolai, a fourth-century Greek Bishop of Myra, in Asia Minor.
Because of the many miracles attributed to St. Nikolai’s intercession, he is also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker.