According to legend, “Our Lady Donskaja” is the icon, which got its name thank to Dmitriy Donskoy, who took it with himself to the Kulikovskaja battle, where the greatest victory over the tatars was gained. In Kolomna Dmitriy Donskoy mustered the troops before going to the Don and, coming back as the conqueror, ordered to paint the Uspenskiy Cathedral with frescos here. Nowadays it considers more authentic, that at the same time with painting the Cathedral, like in memory of the great victory, that happy image of Our Lady was painted and in due course got the name “Donskaja”. In modern science there are opinions about artist, who could create this icon. It could possibly be Pheophan Grek, a well-known Byzantine by birth, who is considered to be working in Kolomna in the90s of 16c. But more probadly, the author of “Our Lady Donskaja” was the one of the great Byzantine’s russian apprentices.
There are Our Lady and Jesus Baby, sitting at her right hand in the icon. Her sight, full of love, is fixed on her son but the world and touches softly with his clothes. The Baby snuggles his cheek to his Mother, he also puts his little feet at Mother’s hand with lively and affecting gesture. He has a scroll in his left hand, like a sign of doctrine he has taken. The Baby doesn’t put his right hand around his Mother but raises it to her with a blessing gesture.
|Author||Graecus Pheophanes (1340 -1410)|
|Media of Original Painting||Tempera on wood|
|Paper type||Mat paper, 300 g/m2|
|Museum of original||From collection of the Tretyakov Gallery|
|Epochs||Art about 17th Centuries|
|Subjects||Christian Subjects in Art|
|Publication size||B3 (40x50 ñì)|
|Publication type||Fine Art Print|
|Date of Origin||1380 - 1390-å|
|Paper size (custom print)||50x40 ñì|
|Size of original, cm||86õ67|
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