4. The Annunciation

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First half 19th century, Moscow school.
Wood , lewkas, gold, tempera.
Size: 31x26,5x1,9 cm.

This icon is hand-painted with egg tempera. It is high quality school painting, in good condition. The icon has been cleaned from the soiling, dust and darkened olifa in our restoration center.

Russian Icon of the Annunciation of the Virgin. The Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary with the joyful news of the coming birth of her Son, Jesus Christ, proclaiming the secret of the Divine Incarnation. There are two main figures in the composition - the Virgin and the archangel approaching her. The Angle of the Angel's head shows that he does not speak from himself. Speaking with the Mother of God, revealing to Her the mystery of Divine Providence, he emphasizes with his glance his dependence on Him who sent him, he stands before the face of God. For the Mother of God this is a moment of sanctification, the beginning of Her Divine Motherhood. "The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee". Accepting the tidings of the Archangel, She answers with Her gesture not the messenger but the Sender. Although the Angel looks upwards, his whole movement is towards the Mother of God; but Her movement and the whole of Her is directed upwards. This movement serves to emphasize, as it were, that the Mother of God's consent is not a passive acceptance of the Annunciation, but an active surrender of Herself to God's will, a voluntary and independent participation of the Mother of God, and, in Her Person, of all creatures, in the work of Salvation. The Iconography of the Annunciation is one of the most ancient known Iconographies of festivals.

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