Tuesday, October 17, 2006

No more posts on this blog

Dear blog visitors, I shall inform you that this project has come to an end. I am going to work on another very different and difficult online project. In the meantime, this blog will still remain hosted by Blogger and you can always surf through all previous posts about astonishing Russian orthodox icons.

Sincerely yours,

Pavel K.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

The Virgin "Fertility of crops"



It was 1890 when the head of the women monastery sent a totally new icon of the Virgin to a monk Amvrosy. The Virgin is depicted sitting on the clouds, her hands are raised in a blessed move. At the bottom of the icon is fields where among flowers and other plants are sheaves of crops. The Blessed Virgin is depicted in a Opanta pose and the field with the sheaves of crops were drawn upon Amvrosy’s request. He gave this important icon a name “Fertility of crops” which means that the Virgin helps people to obtain bread. The monk Amvrosy asked to celebrate of the icon “The Virgin “Fertility of crops”” on October 28th.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

St. Martyr Elisabeth


St. Elisabeth – daughter of Duke Louis IV of Hessen-Darmstadt and Princess Alice, wife of Prince Sergey Alexandrovitch who was brother of Emperor Alexander III. In 1891 She was accepted into the Orthodox church. St Elisabeth dedicated her life to Lord through her serving to people after her husband was murdered by a terrorist. Since the beginning of the World War I, St Elisabeth had been helping organize trains with medicaments, etc. After St Nicolas II gave up his throne, she was arrested and moved to Alapaevsk, where she was thrown into the mine. After several months their bodies were drawn out and in 1920 moved to Jerusalem. Nowadays, her body is being kept inside a vault at the Cathedral of the St Mary Magdalena at the ridge of Mount of Olives.

Friday, August 18, 2006

The Savior – golden hair


This icon is redrawn from the original icon which is located at the Cathedral of Uspenskiy, Moscow Kremlin (13th century) . It belongs to a type of Christ-Pantocrator icons. Jesus Christ’s hair is golden and the green-golden cross is depicted at the background. Many features of this icon are decorated with medallions. This icon has many hidden symbols of the orthodox religion. The symbols on the sides of the icon deliver the meaning of the image.
Christ- Pantocrator is the central icon in many places from churches to houses. Many people pray to this icon before starting any deeds. When couples get married, they are blessed by this icon and icon of Virgin

Monday, July 24, 2006

Virgin of Konevez


The major composition of this icon is “Odigitria”. However, baby Jesus is slightly turned to the opposite side from the Virgin. He holds a script in his hand and a pigeon on his knees. According to the Moses’ law, pigeon is a “clean” bird. It was used for holy sacrificing and symbolized Jesus Christ as a victim giving his life for peoples sins. The very first icon with this name had been seen at the end of 14th century. St Arseniy had brought it as a blessedness for a construction of the Bogorodich monastery.
Each side of the icon depicts the birth of Virgin, Holy Trinity, Emmanuel the Savior at the throne with his people.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Gallery "Russian Icon", Riga, Latvia. Summer 2006


Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Russian version is up and running

At the top right corner of this blog you can access the Russian version of this blog which contains original descriptions of icons.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Russian version is coming up

Currently, I work on the Russian version of this blog. I plan to launch it in the following month. Also, for the English version, I plan to create a new category devoted to Iconography and its techniques.
I am really looking forward to going back to Riga, so that I can visit Russian Icon Gallery and get more historical descriptions for about 30 different icons.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Virgin of Jerusalem. 27 х 32 cm


This icon was rewritten from the original icon “Virgin of Jerusalem”
The original was written by evangelist Lucas. It is believed that this particular image is associated with Mary of Egypt.
It remained in Jerusalem till the middle of V century and later was moved to Constantinople, where the icon was renamed into – “Tsaregradskaya”. During Tsar Erakliy’s ruling, the icon was moved to the Cathedral of Vlahern. After 300 years, it was taken to Korsun. In 988, Great Duke Vladimir conquered Korsun and accepted holy baptizing. For this, he was given Virgin of Jerusalem icon. Soon after, Vladimir donated this sacred icon to people of Novgorod in order to baptize them.
The icon remained in the Sophie Cathedral in Novgorod until Tsar Ivan Grozny conquered Novgorod and took it to Moscow.
During Napoleon’s invasion the icon was stolen and taken to Paris, where it had been staying till nowadays in the Cathedral of Virgin of Paris.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Virgin of Sign 16.5 x 19


This icon named as “Virgin of Sign” depicts the Virgin sitting and raising her hands. On her chest is the blessing infant Jesus. This image is known as one of the first Virgin’s iconographical representations. The similar icon illustrating the Virgin with her arms wide-open and the Infant Jesus seated on her knees is presented in the tomb of St. Agniya in Rome
Icons under the name of Virgin of Sign appeared in Ancient Russia in the 11-12th centuries. The name “Sign” was given for a marvelous sign coming from the Novgorod Icon in 1170. Numerous rewrites of this icon are well-known in Russia until nowadays. Many of them are recognized for their supernatural power and were named for places where miracles occurred.