Ascension of the Virgin
18th century
19" x 12"
Icons, limewood, gesso, gold, egg tempera and varnish
Region: Russia
This beautifully symmetrical icon illustrates the Virgin's ascension to heaven. Poised in heaven, two angels support Christ before a mandorla. On earth, the Virgin is flanked by adoring angles clad in white, waiting to carry her to the heavens. The apostles are grouped on either side, standing in the lush grass of the mountainside. Unusually, this icon has a splendid and intact backdrop of burnished gold leaf, making the entire piece glow with warmth.