Theotokos Vladimir - Icon

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Iconographer: St. Luke the Evangelist

Date: 1st century

Location: Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Theotokos Vladimir - Icon

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Iconographer: St. Luke the Evangelist
Date: 1st century
Location: Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Possibly the most beloved icon of the Virgin Mary in the world, this tenderness style icon now in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow is attributed to the hand of St. Luke the Evangelist and was by tradition painted from life on a board from the table that the Virgin, St. Joseph the Betrothed, and Jesus at times took their meals. Originally this icon was called the Virgin of Tenderness. In A.D. 450 it was taken from Jerusalem to Constantinople and in the 12th century was transferred near Kiev and placed in the Devici Monastery, Vyshgorod. In 1155 Prince Andrew Bogoliubsky was directed by the Virgin in a dream to move her icon from Kiev to the city of Vladimir in northern Russia; thus the name “Of Vladimir”.

The Virgin is depicted raising her right hand in veneration of her Son, while her face shows silent suffering, calmness, and compassion, not sentimentality. Several important victories in Russian history are attributed to the intercession of this icon, especially over Tamerlane in A.D. 1395 and over the Poles in A.D. 1612. Except for the faces of the Virgin and Christ, the entire icon has been repainted several times, lastly in 1919 by G. Chirikov.

About the icons;

The icons are produced by a small Eastern Orthodox monastery in the USA. Its members invite us to encounter Orthodox Christian spirituality as expressed in the wonderful images of the icons.

All prints are carefully chosen and reproduced in brilliant colour. They are laminated with durable 5mm low lustre mylar film that seals and protects each icon against dirt and moisture. Each is mounted on the most warp-resistant birch plywood (Extra Small icons are mounted on pressboard) and are keyholed and ready to hang.

We guarantee they are of the highest quality.

We have access to over 700 standard and custom made icons for many specific saints etc from our supplier so email us with your requests and we will let you know availability and costs.

This Icon; 95 x 150mm, mounted on 12mm wood, beautifully presented.

This icon is available in different sizes. Contact us by email at if you would like to order

XS (77 x 102mm): $22.95 Can be ordered
S (95 x 150mm,): $44.95
ML (153 x 204mm): $62.95 Can be ordered
L (204 x 255mm): $74.95 Can be ordered
XL (280 x 356mm): $124.95 Can be ordered
D (305 x 458mm) $174.95 Can be ordered

Sizes are approximate in that there may be some slight variation between icons.

Additional Information

Author St. Luke
Cover No
Width (mm) 95
Height (mm) 150

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