Religious Icons: Anticipating the Holiday Season
Arising from the Russian and Ukranian Orthodox worlds are icons – conventional religious images typically painted on small wooden panels and framed with metal sand castings. These icons carry rich histories and intricate religious symbolism. Often portraits or of scenes from the Bible, these ornate paintings remain faithful to the stories of Christ, the Virgin Mary and the saints.
A fine collection of 27 antique religious icons will be featured in an upcoming Jasper52 sale on Sunday, Nov. 6. Below are some highlights:
Russian icon of Christ Pantocrator
Dating to the 1890s and made using egg tempera and zinc on wood with silver basma, a Moscow hallmark.
Icon of St. Nicholas of Myra
Done in egg tempera and gesso with brass oklad, this provincial central Russia icon dates to the 1880s.
Russian Icon Elevation of the True Cross
This depiction of St. Elena and St. Constantine the presenting the True Cross dates to the 1860s. Elevation of the Holy Cross is one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, celebrated on September 14.
Russian Icon Savior of Smolensk
This icon shows Christ with his right hand raised in a blessing gesture and his left hand holding a Gospel book. Flanking Him are the Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist; kneeling in prayer at His feet are St. Sergius of Radonezh and the Venerable Barlaam of Khutyn.
Our Lady of Kazan
Our Lady of Kazan, aka Kazanskay Mother of God, was a holy icon of the highest stature within the Russian Orthodox Church, representing the Virgin Mary as the protector and patroness of the city of Kazan, and a palladium of all of Russia. This fine example done in egg tempera and gesso with silvered oklad dates to the 1880s.
See the full Religious Icons auction this week and stay tuned for more unique finds.