From The Golden Age of Russian Literature


Painted icons are a very important part of Russian Orthodox worship. Traditionally, very house, as well as many businesses, would have a “beautiful corner” in which the icon would hang, draped with a cloth, with a lamp hanging in front of it.

Every icon, to be accepted as orthodox, must copy a traditional compositional theme, though there were stylistic variations. This nineteenth-century icon is a copy of the well-loved Mother of God of Kazan.