19th century, Russian icon of...
19th century, Russian icon of Presentation of Jesus Christ in the Temple, Central Russia. Egg tempera and gesso on wood. Size: 9 x 8 cm (3 1/2 x 3 1/4 in).
The SRETENIE GOSPODNE depicts the infant Christ in the arms of the aged Simeon BOGOPRIYMETS, who met him in the Temple at Jerusalem when he was brought there by Joseph and Mary to be presented to the Lord. Simeon holds Christ, Mary stands before him, and behind Mary are the Prophetess Anna and Joseph.
The “Sretenie Gospodne” is a major festival celebrated on February 2 Old Style, February 15 New Style.