Virgin of Smolensk
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Virgin of Smolensk: (According to Legend the icon is a St. Luke prototype which the Byzantine Princess Anna brought to Russia when she married Wsewolod of Tchernigov in 1046. It would appeared,however, that the Virgin of Smolensk icons were not known in Russia before the 14th century.), showing the Virgin with the seated Christ Child giving a blessing with the right hand and holding a scroll with the other; with two metropolitans in the border and two apostles. Russian icon, Moscow School, circa 1600, (30½ x 26 cm).