Nativity of Christ

Iconography:  Nativity of Christ

Date: XVI century. Second half of the XVIth century

Iconographic school/art center:  Solvychegodsk

Origin: was deposited from the Solvychegodsk museum of History and Arts (Blagoveshchensky cathedral)

Material: Wood, cut-back central portion, levkas, tempera

Dimensions:  height 100 cm, width 79 cm

The icon is painted in compliance with the explicit iconographic variant of “Nativity of Christ” and apart from the traditional depicitons of Bethlehem cavern with Child Jesus in the manger and bowing angels, annunciation to the shepherds, doubts of Joseph and washing of Child Jesus, includes additional scenes: “Voyage to Bethlehem”, “Voyage of the Magi”, “Dream of the Magi”, “Return of the Magi”, “Herod orders to slaughter the Innocents”, “Slaughter of the Innocents”, “Elizabeth and John are hidden in the mountain”, “Saving of child Nathaniel” and  “Flight into Egypt”.

Registration number ДРЖ-819. © State Museum Association «Art Culture of the Russian North»

Иконы Русского Севера. Шедевры древнерусской живописи Архангельского музея изобразительных искусств. М., 2007. Т. 1. № 77. С. 370.

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