The miraculous icon, its feast day is celebrated on November 27th, is one of the most historic and well-known icons of Russia. For this widespread representation of the bust of the Mother of God praying with raised hands with the blessing Christ in a round medallion in front of the breast, the name "Novgorodskaya" has become common in the iconic literature of the West.


The feast of the Icon of the Mother of God of the Sign of Novgorod commemorates the miraculous sign of Our Lady, which, according to legend, she performed with this icon during the siege of Novgorod by the Ssusdal in 1170. At a crucial moment in the battle, St. Ivan, Bishop of Novgorod (Sept. 7), brought the icon to the city wall. When an enemy arrow hit the icon, the icon turned its front with the depiction of Our Lady of the besiegers and “showed its face as a sign of great mercy for those who suffer. The bishop saw the Blessed Mother weeping and wiped her tears with his robe. The enemy army panicked, darkness fell and the enemies killed each other. The Novgorodians opened the city gates, rushed on the enemy and soon won.


Separate prayers, hymns and a church service were created in honor of this icon. The picture was in the Spas Church in Novgorod, which existed until 1170, until it found its place in the Novgorod Cathedral, built in 1356. Today it is kept in the Novgorod State Museum.


Many churches and monasteries in Russia are dedicated to Our Lady of the Sign, such as the cathedral in Kursk and the church in Dubrowize (Central Russia) from the 17th century as well as the now decaying village churches in Znamenskoe (Moscow region), also from the 17th century. Century and those from Kraskoe in the Vladimir region.


Beautiful, fine gold painting (assist) on the robes. 

Russian icon | Mother of God of the Sign | Znamenie | 24830

SKU: 24830
  • Original antique Russian orthodox icon

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

    19th century
  • Size

    36 x 28 cm (14.2 x 11.0 in)

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