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.

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