Icon of Saint Alexander Nevsky Russian, Nizhnii Novgorod, 1825-1870

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Lot 1007
Icon of Saint Alexander Nevsky
Russian, Nizhnii Novgorod, 1825-1870

Sold for US$ 8,750 inc. premium
Icon of Saint Alexander Nevsky
Russian, Nizhnii Novgorod, 1825-1870
tempera and oil on wood with gilding, chased silver oklad, with Cyrllic maker's mark 'IU' for workmaster Ivan Ivanov Udalov, Cyrillic city mark, dated 1869, 84 standard
30.5 x 25.5cm (10 1/2 x 12in)

Footnotes

  • Exhibited
    Washington, DC, Hillwood Museum & Gardens, Tradition in Transition: Russian Icons in the Age of the Romanovs, 2004

    Literature
    Wendy R. Salmond, Tradition in Transition: Russian Icons in the Age of the Romanovs, Hillwood Museum & Gardens, Washington, DC, 2004, no. 30, p. 54, illustrated

    This icon depicts Saint Alexander Nevskii, a Russian Prince of Novgorod and Vladimir who defeated Swedish invaders on July 15, 1240 on the river Neva. As a result of that victory which solidified the authority of Moscovite Russia, the nineteen year old prince was given the sobriquet 'Nevsky.' From the 1720s onward painters began depicting the saint in princely robes and elaborate armor, with prescribed attributes of power. The iconography of this image dates back to religious painting by Vasilii Kuzmich Shebuev (1836). The patron saint of three Russian Emperors, Saint Alexander Nevsky was among the most popular saints in Russia.


    Стильная хорошей сохранности икона, посвященная одному из популярных в 19 веке святому князю Александру Невскому. В связи с правлением трех Александров, иконы с таким сюжетом были особенно востребованы в России в этом столетии. Характерное для времени письмо, сочетающее древние традиции и новый канон, восходящий к картине Василия Кузмича Шебуева (1836), с одной стороны, и оклад с декором, который включает элементы типичные для эпохи историзма, с другой.
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Icon of Saint Alexander Nevsky Russian, Nizhnii Novgorod, 1825-1870
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