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Icon of The Crowned Virgin and Child 'Joy of those who grieve'

Photo credit: The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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This icon portrays in a western, modern style, a crowned Virgin and Child standing on a red cloud, the iconographic type entitled in Slavonic 'Joy of those who grieve', introduced in Russia in the seventeenth century. On either side are groups of figures identified (as the sick, the naked, etc.) by Slavonic inscriptions on horizontal banners. The icon may date to 1815 and a silver revetment (riza) dated 1833 is preserved.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology


  • Date

    18th C–19th C

  • Medium

    oil on panel

  • Measurements

    18.4 x 15.7 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    Bequeathed by Professor Ingram Bywater, 1915


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