Orthodox icon | Annunciation of the Mother of God | 24640

Russian icon

30.5 x 27 cm | 12.0 x 10.6 in

around 1900

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


As the beginning of the Incarnation of the Son of God, the Annunciation to the Mother of God belongs to the Christian circle of images from the very beginning; it opens the cycle of images with the life of Jesus. Gabriel, the messenger of God, announces the child who is to be born as Emmanuel (“God with us”): He shall be great, and Son of the Highest he shall be called, and the Lord God shall give him the throne of David his father, and he shall reign over the house of Jacob to the ages; and of his reign there shall be no end. The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee, therefore also the holy-begotten thing shall be called Son of God.

On the icons of the Annunciation, a silent dialogue of the eyes and hands takes place between the angel and the Mother of God. She can raise her hand and reach out to Gabriel and thus express restraint and distance; but she can also put her hand on her chest and thereby express approval and devotion; the scene can be animated when the angel walks towards her, who is seated on a royal throne. The motif of the Annunciation at the fountain, also known as the pre-announcement, is taken from the Proto-Gospel of James, as well as when the angel enters the room in which the Mother of God is weaving the curtain for the temple.

Feast day: March 25. Above: blessing God Sabaoth.

On the edge: A Holy Guardian Angel

Saint Great Martyr Panteleimon (July 27) He was a doctor, martyr and helper in need. He was born with the name Pantoléon towards the end of the 3rd century. in Nicomédia, today’s Ä°zmit in Turkey. Even as a child he recognized his healing powers when he came on the street to a dead child bitten by a snake; he called out the name of Jesus over him and the child came back to life. He was trained in the art of medicine by the imperial physician Euphrosynus and baptized by the priest Hermolaus. Emperor Diocletian chose the expert as his personal physician. Among other things, he is considered the patron saint of doctors, wet nurses, midwives and pharmacists. On the icon, Panteleimon is shown as a doctor with a medicine box and an ointment spatula.

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