The Virgin Jerusalimskaya

Moeder Gods JeroesalimskajaThe archetypal icon, which is supposed to be the work of the evangelist Luke, came in 455 from Jerusalem via Constantinople to Kiev. The ruler Vladimir gave the icon as a gift to the citizens of Novgorod when they converted to Christianity. After Ivan the Terrible had subjugated Novgorod, he took the Virgin as booty to Moscow.

Size 27 x 35 cm (10.6 x 13.8 inches)