The child sits on the right arm of the Mother of God and presses his cheek to her face. She bows her head to the

child and holds it with her right arm. He stretches His right hand forward to the mother's shoulder and holds a

scroll in the left. His feet are bare to the knees, they are supported on the left arm of the Mother of God. The day of remembrance is August 19th.


The icon was brought by the Don Cossacks to Prince Dimitrij Donskoj to help him in the battle against the Tatars. It was attached to a wooden pole like a church flag and was part of the army during the Battle of Kulikovo (1380) and was carried through the camp. After the victory, the Cossacks gave the icon to Prince Dimitrij Donskoj, and he placed it in the Assumption Cathedral in Kolomna. Ivan the Terrible prayed before her when he went to the battle of Kazan. Later, in the 16th century, the icon was transferred to the Cathedral of the Annunciation of

the Moscow Kremlin. In 1591, Moscow was saved from the onslaught of the Crimean Tatar Khan Kazygirej by their intercession. In the same year, the Donskoy Monastery was founded in the place where the icon stood during the battle. Later the icon was returned to the Kremlin.


In 1598, before the icon, Boris Godunov was proclaimed Tsar by Patriarch Iov. The icon was located in the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Moscow Kremlin, the first to the left of the royal door. Later, in the 17th century, it was placed to the right of the royal door, next to the icon of the Savior of Smolensk.


Around, scenes from the Vita of the Blessed Mother. From right to left:

  1. Joachim and Anna bring offerings to the temple
  2. The farewell to Joachim and Anna
  3. Anna's prayer in the garden
  4. Joachim's prayer in the desert
  5. The feast of the high priests
  6. The birth of the Mother of God
  7. The engagement of the Mother of God with Joseph
  8. Walk to the Temple of Our Lady
  9. The sad good news
  10. Farewell to the women of Jerusalem
  11. The miracle of healing a child
  12. The Blessed Mother Bogolyubskaya (Memorial Day: June 18)

Gilded background with ornaments and an engraved pattern.

Russian icon | Mother of God of the Don | Donskaya | 24793

SKU: 24793
  • Original antique Russian orthodox icon

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

    around 1900
  • Size

    33 x 29 cm (11.4 x 13.0 in)

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