Savior Not Made With Hands (front side)

Iconography:  Savior Not Made by Hands

Date: XII century. The second half of the 12th c.

Iconographic school/art center:  Novgorod school

Origin: The icon was probably painted for the Church of the Holy Image on Dobryninskaya Street at Sofiyskaya storona district in Novgorod. It was subsequently located in the Assumption Cathedral in Moscow’s Kremlin.

Material: Wood, tempera

Dimensions:  height 77 cm, width 71 cm

The face of Christ inside a crossed halo occupies almost the entire board surface. Except the bottom edge, the halo adjoins the icon borders. Christ’s big eyes are looking leftward, his eyebrows are raised. The hair is wavy and brown, hair locks are highlighted in black and golden lines, terminating in two pugs on either side of the face. The beard and mustaches are drawn in thin black lines. The painting is noted for dominant dark golden ochre colors.

Reverse side

Inv. № 14245. © The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow


Государственная Третьяковская Галерея. Каталог собрания. Древнерусское искусство X — начала XV века. Том I. №8.

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