Lot 192: A Russian Icon of the Coronation of the Mother of God, Possibly Ukrainian or Polish, mid 19th century
December 14, 2016
Philadelphia, PA, USALive Auction
A Russian Icon of the Coronation of the Mother of God
Possibly Ukrainian or Polish, mid 19th century
Depicting the Mother of God, crowned by God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit depicted as a dove, surrounded by cherubim and seraphim, with a slavonic inscription in Vyaz'' reading: "Sacred Coronation of the Holy Mother of God." The back with several inscriptions, the first, partially legible dated "16 September 1844" and beneath, "God''s blessings to [our] son Vasilii, in the year 1861."
H: 12 1/4, W: 10 1/4 in.
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This unusual (and to the Russian Orthodox, non-canonical) icon represents a subject of Marian veneration more closely associated with Roman Catholicism. The coronation of the Virgin was a subject much painted by western baroque painters, whose influence was particularly felt along the outer borders of the Russian Empire in Ukraine and Poland.
This icon, showing the Theotokos crowned by the various incarnations of God (wearing papal tiaras) would have been unthinkable as a subject in Moscow or St. Petersburg.