Theophanes the Greek . Our Lady of the Don. Fine art print A4 +
According to legend, “Our Lady Donskaja” is the icon, which got its name thank to Dmitriy Donskoy, who took it with himself to the Kulikovskaja battle, where the greatest victory over the tatars was gained. In Kolomna Dmitriy Donskoy mustered the troops before going to the Don and, coming back as the conqueror, ordered to paint the Uspenskiy Cathedral with frescos here. Nowadays it considers more authentic, that at the same time with painting the Cathedral, like in memory of the great victory, that happy image of Our Lady was painted and in due course got the name “Donskaja”. In modern science there are opinions about artist, who could create this icon. It could possibly be Pheophan Grek, a well-known Byzantine by birth, who is considered to be working in Kolomna in the90s of 16c. But more probadly, the author of “Our Lady Donskaja” was the one of the great Byzantine’s russian apprentices.
There are Our Lady and Jesus Baby, sitting at her right hand in the icon. Her sight, full of love, is fixed on her son but the world and touches softly with his clothes. The Baby snuggles his cheek to his Mother, he also puts his little feet at Mother’s hand with lively and affecting gesture. He has a scroll in his left hand, like a sign of doctrine he has taken. The Baby doesn’t put his right hand around his Mother but raises it to her with a blessing gesture.
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Agni Publishing House (Samara, Russia), Nicholas Roerich Museum (New York) and Fine Arts Academy Gallery (Moscow, Russia) have published a unique album, dedicated to the pictorial heritage of Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947).
Will be available on the second volume of a unique publication dedicated to the works of Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947).
The album was released by the publishing house "Agni" (Samara), with active cooperation of the Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York, as well as the Moscow Gallery Fine Arts Academy and the St. Petersburg State Museum and Institute of the Roerich Family.