Icon of the Theotokos (Annunciation) – F32


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This icon is one of the six icons that comprise a 16th century set of Russian Holy Doors that are now in the Andrei Rublev Museum in Moscow.   The Holy Doors separate the Bema, or altar area, from the Nave, or place where the Faithful stand during Church services in church.  Usually they have on them the four Evangelists and also the Annunciation depicted in two icons, one of the Archangel Gabriel, and one of the Virgin Mary when he gives her the astonishing news that if she agrees, she will bear a son, yet remain a virgin, effectively reversing the disobedience of the first Eve in Paradise who heard evil advice and said yes to it.

The Virgin is seated indoors with spinning wool in her hand, and she looks out toward the Holy Archangel Gabriel to her right, who is depicted in our matching icon F31 on the left Holy Door.  Her hand is raised in surprise at Gabriel’s announcement, and she questions him respectfully how this can be accomplished while she maintains her vow to God that she will always remain a virgin.  He explains that this is a wonder that can only be effected by the power of the Most High Who will overshadow her.

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Andrei Rublev Museum, Moscow, Russia


16th c.