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