Second half of the19th century. Mstera.
Wood, lewkas, tempera.
Size: 31x26x2,4 cm.
Hand painted with egg tempera. It is gorgeous and extremely rare icon type. Icon is in very good condition. This is a very good example of a famous, but rare find School of Mstera icon painting. Mstera (a small village not far from Moscow) stands out by very fine details and very different, contrast succulent colours, and bright gold.
The icon copies the miracle-working Our Lady of St. Theodore from the Dormition Cathedral of Kostroma, currently in the Resurrection Church at Debri, also in Kostroma. According to its Legend, compiled in the 17th century at the earliest, holy martyr Theodore Stratilates carried the image from the Tartar-ransacked Gorodets on the Volga to Kostroma in 1239 — hence its name. Prince Vassilii of Kostroma, surnamed Kvashnya (Trough), saw the icon in a tree on a woodland hunt.
This icon has collection significance.