The Vladimirskaya Mother of God, Moscow, PROBABLY 16TH CENTURY WITH LATER restoration
- 31.5 by 26cm, 12½ by 10¼in.
Ex Cat Herbstaustellung 1977, Ilas Neufert Gallery, Munich, No. 6 (illustrated on cover)
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Mary does not respond to Christ's gaze but looks past Him at the viewer. The icon emphasizes the human aspect of Christ and the focal point is the intimate tie with his mother, against whom he is nestling.
The icon has been painted in a highly refined style, reminiscent of Moscow painting in the 16th century. In this period the Moscow Kremlin workshops were an important centre for the production of small icons made for private devotion. These delicate painted panels were often influenced by miniature painting and covered with precious oklads. Our icon has been restored and was partly overpainted at a later period. It is therefore difficult to date the icon precisely.