Vladimir icon of Theotokos (16th cent.)

Vladimir icon of Theotokos (16th cent.)
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blessed. Virgin


 
Direct print on linden panel

State Tretyakov Gallery.

This icon is one of the most venerated relics of the Russian Church considered wonderworking. According t the Church Tradition, it was painted by St. Apostle and Evangelist Luke on the panel of the table at which Jesus ate with His Mother and Joseph the Betrothed. The same tradition has it that the icon had been brought to Constantinople from Jerusalem in the 5th century under the Emperor Theodosius, and from there was sent to Rus to Prince Yuri Dolgoruky from the Patriarch of Constantinople in 1131. At first, it was kept in a monastery in Vyshgorod in the vicinity of Kiev. Moving to the North, Prince Andrey Bogolubsky took the icon together with him. At some 10 miles off from the city of Vladimir, the Prince's horses stopped, unable to move any further. The Mother of God appeared to the Prince in a vision to declare that the icon should stay in Vladimir. The Dormition Cathedral was built in the city to honour the icon, which was then renamed to be called the Vladimir icon. Numerous outstanding miracles were made by the icon. One of them is the miraculous delivery from the invasion by Tamerlane’s army under Vassily I. In 1395, the icon was brought to Moscow to protect the city from the invaders. The citizens' assiduous prayers brought their fruit, as after a fortnight's siege, the enemy became scared and left Moscow in a miracle.

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