This rare icon does not appear in Russia until the 12th century and goes back to the prophecy of Isaiah (7:14): “That is why the Lord will give you a sign of his own accord: See, the virgin will conceive, she will give birth to a son and she will name him Immanuel. "


The task of the iconography of Emmanuel was to reproduce the word of God both in its pre-existence, in its eternal being before his incarnation, and in its existence after his incarnation. The Emmanuel on the lap or arm of the Blessed Mother was a kind of proclamation of the perfect incarnation. Therefore, in early Byzantine art people shied away from portraying him as a child, but showed a picture that was very similar to the "old man". In icon painting he is shown as a boy, but often with senile features based on ancient and Non-Protestant role models of the so-called "old child" (Greek "paidariogeron"). Particularly characteristic is the hunched and bulging forehead, under which the serious eyes of an adult often look at the worshiper. Emmanuel alone, often in a round shield (lat. "Clipeus") or medallion, plays an important role in the iconography of certain images of the Mother of God as a symbol of the incarnation of the eternal Word of God. The image of Emmanuel is limited to the area of the Eastern Church and its zones of influence.


At the edge:


A holy guardian angel


Saint Mary Magdalene (third Sunday of Easter and July 22nd)

Mary joined Jesus as a disciple, among whom she apparently had a special position, because she always heads the lists of women in the New Testament.


Saint Venerable Antony, founder of the Kiev Cave Lavra and father of Russian monasticism (July 10)


Saint Venerable Feodor of the Kiev Cave Lavra, Prince of Ostroh in Volhynia (August 11)

Russian icon | Christ Emmanuel | Palekh | 24827

SKU: 24827
  • Original antique Russian orthodox icon

    Certificate of authenticity from an independent expert at the Vienna Dorotheum
  • Age

    19th century
  • Size

    31 x 27 cm (12.2 x 10.6 in)

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