This superb 19th century Russian Icon showing Mary Magdalene is simply stunning. It is an amazing combination of etching, gilt work and fine hand-painting. The painting is conducted in gently smooth lines and the etching makes it appear almost sculptural. Further more the gilt work is conducted magnificently. She is depicted in a blue rope and covering her long dark hair with a blue hood. Underneath she wears a red dress. In her hands she holds a Jug.
Mary Magdalene was a Jewish woman who, according to texts included in the New Testament, traveled with Jesus as one of his followers. She is said to have witnessed Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. Within the four Gospels she is named at least 12 times, more than most of the apostles.
The Gospel of Luke says seven demons had gone out of her and the longer ending of Mark says Jesus had cast seven demons out of her. She is most prominent in the narrative of the crucifixion of Jesus, at which she was present, and the witness in all four gospels of the empty tomb, which is central to narratives of Jesus' resurrection. She was also present two days later, immediately following the sabbath, when, according to all four canonical Gospels, she was, either alone or as a member of a group of women, the first to testify to the resurrection of Jesus. John and Mark specifically name her as the first person to see Jesus after his resurrection.
Ideas that go beyond the gospel presentation of Mary Magdalene as a prominent representative of the women who followed Jesus have been put forward over the centuries.
Measurements: circa 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 1 inches.
Condition: It has a nice age patina. It is in very good condition. Some minor wear to the polychrome paint and gilt. Please see pictures.
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