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Saint Mary Magdalene - PF.5593
Origin: Russia
Circa: 19 th Century AD to 19 th Century AD
Dimensions: 5.25" (13.3cm) high
Collection: Russian Icons
Style: Russian Orthodox
Medium: Tempera on Wood

Additional Information: Sold

Location: United States
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Inseparable from the liturgical tradition, religious art is seen by Orthodox Christians as a form of pictorial confession of faith and a channel of religious experience. Because the icons provide a direct personal contact with the holy persons represented on them, these images should be objects of veneration, in either a public or private setting, and were even believed to have the ability to heal.

Saint Mary Magdalene, along with the Virgin and St. John the Evangelist, was one of the few followers of Christ who stood by his side in an all night vigil during his crucifixition. The legend of her marriage to Christ even persists to this day. Once a prostitute, Jesus expelled the evil spirits that possessed her and converted her from her sinful ways. Mary is also remembered for washing Christ’s feet with her renowned red hair. She was also one of the few people Jesus revealed himself to upon his resurrection. Here, she is depicted as a Saint. She holds a golden chalice ornamented with gems, a part of the Eucharist and symbol for Christ. She wears a purple robe over her green garment, both highlighted by streaks of gold. A halo surrounds her head, the outer ring of which is adorned by a series of white dots. An interwoven abstract pattern frames the arch that borders Mary and rectangular boundaries of the composition. This is a sumptuous icon that radiates beauty and light in its golden background.
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