The iconography of the 'Fiery Eye' undoubtedly derives from larger portraits of Christ Pantocrator found in dome and apse mosaics and frescos. All Russian icons of this type refer to the 13th-century portrait icon of Christ, now in the Kremlin Church of the Annunciation in Moscow. This large icon, which was originally housed in the Cathedral of the Dormition, impresses the viewer with its monumental forms. The stern face of Christ has inspired the image's popular name of Jaroe Oko (Fiery Eye), although this is not inscribed on the icon itself. This extremely powerful and expressive portrait icon of Christ became very popular in Moscow during the second half of the 16th century. The present icon, painted in an archaic style, follows this ancient Moscow tradition and can be dated to the late 19th century.
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