In Thee Rejoiceth

Iconography:  In Thee Rejoiceth...

Date: XVI century. Middle of XVI c.

Iconographic school/art center:  Novgorod school

Origin: From the iconostasis of the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in Kozhevniki, Novgorod

Material: Wood, tempera

Dimensions:  height 158 cm, width 125,6 cm

The icon was named after the first words of a hymn dedicated to the Mother of God: “Of thee Rejoiceth, the Gracious…” The Holy Virgin is portrayed in the Garden of Eden against a multidomed church – the symbol of Heavenly Jerusalem. By the foot of the throne, upon which is seated the Mother of God with the Child, stands the author of the hymn, St. John of Damascus, holding a scroll with the words of the hymn. Below is a host of Orthodox saints glorifying the Holy Virgin.

Inv. № 2978. © Novgorod State United Museum

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