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The Northern School of Russian Iconography: A Glimpse into Spiritual Art Immerse yourself in the captivating world of the Northern School

Background imageNorthern School Collection: Apostles Peter and Paul, 1708 (tempera on gesso)

Apostles Peter and Paul, 1708 (tempera on gesso)
BOO74351 Apostles Peter and Paul, 1708 (tempera on gesso) by Klimentov, Feoktist (18th century); 82x82.5 cm; State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; Russian, out of copyright

Background imageNorthern School Collection: Our Lady of the Sign, 16th century. Artist: Russian icon

Our Lady of the Sign, 16th century. Artist: Russian icon
Our Lady of the Sign, 16th century. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Descent into Hell. Artist: Russian icon

The Descent into Hell. Artist: Russian icon
The Descent into Hell. Found in the collection of State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The prophets Jacob, Zechariah, Malachi and Joel, c. 1502-1503. Artist: Russian icon

The prophets Jacob, Zechariah, Malachi and Joel, c. 1502-1503. Artist: Russian icon
The prophets Jacob, Zechariah, Malachi and Joel, c. 1502-1503. Found in the collection of the Nativity of Virgin Cathedral in the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, Kirillov

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Dormition of the Virgin, 1497. Artist: Russian icon

The Dormition of the Virgin, 1497. Artist: Russian icon
The Dormition of the Virgin, 1497. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: Saint Alexander Nevsky, Second Half of the 18th cen

Saint Alexander Nevsky, Second Half of the 18th cen. Found in the Collection of Ikonen Museum Recklinghausen

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Prophet Elijah and the Fiery Chariot. Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki, Mid of 16th century

The Prophet Elijah and the Fiery Chariot. Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki, Mid of 16th century. Artist: Russian icon
The Prophet Elijah and the Fiery Chariot. Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki, Mid of 16th century. Found in the collection of State Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Background imageNorthern School Collection: Saint Artemius of Verkola, Second Half of the 17th century. Artist: Russian icon

Saint Artemius of Verkola, Second Half of the 17th century. Artist: Russian icon
Saint Artemius of Verkola, Second Half of the 17th century. Private Collection

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Crucifixion. Artist: Russian icon

The Crucifixion. Artist: Russian icon
The Crucifixion. Found in the collection of State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Presentation in the Temple. Artist: Russian icon

The Presentation in the Temple. Artist: Russian icon
The Presentation in the Temple. Found in the collection of State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The dignifed Being. Artist: Russian icon

The dignifed Being. Artist: Russian icon
The dignifed Being. Found in the collection of Nativity of Virgin Cathedral in the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, Kirillov

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Presentation of the Virgin Mary. Artist: Russian icon

The Presentation of the Virgin Mary. Artist: Russian icon
The Presentation of the Virgin Mary. Found in the collection of State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Dormition of the Virgin. Artist: Russian icon

The Dormition of the Virgin. Artist: Russian icon
The Dormition of the Virgin. Found in the collection of State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Saint Apostle Andrew (From the Deesis Range). Artist: Russian icon

The Saint Apostle Andrew (From the Deesis Range). Artist: Russian icon
The Saint Apostle Andrew (From the Deesis Range). Found in the collection of Nativity of Virgin Cathedral in the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, Kirillov

Background imageNorthern School Collection: Mother of God of the Burning Bush, 16th century. Artist: Russian icon

Mother of God of the Burning Bush, 16th century. Artist: Russian icon
Mother of God of the Burning Bush, 16th century. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kolomenskoye, Moscow

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Holy Gates (The Royal Doors), Late 16th cen Artist: Russian icon

The Holy Gates (The Royal Doors), Late 16th cen Artist: Russian icon
The Holy Gates (The Royal Doors), Late 16th cen.. Found in the collection of the Regional Art Museum, Arkhangelsk

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Entry of Christ into Jerusalem, 1497. Artist: Russian icon

The Entry of Christ into Jerusalem, 1497. Artist: Russian icon
The Entry of Christ into Jerusalem, 1497. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Baptism of Christ, 1497. Artist: Russian icon

The Baptism of Christ, 1497. Artist: Russian icon
The Baptism of Christ, 1497. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Transfiguration of Jesus, 1497. Artist: Russian icon

The Transfiguration of Jesus, 1497. Artist: Russian icon
The Transfiguration of Jesus, 1497. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Ascension of Christ, 1497. Artist: Russian icon

The Ascension of Christ, 1497. Artist: Russian icon
The Ascension of Christ, 1497. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, 1497. Artist: Russian icon

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, 1497. Artist: Russian icon
The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, 1497. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Descent of the Holy Spirit, 1497. Artist: Russian icon

The Descent of the Holy Spirit, 1497. Artist: Russian icon
The Descent of the Holy Spirit, 1497. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Saint Apostle Andrew (From the Deesis Range), 1497. Artist: Russian icon

The Saint Apostle Andrew (From the Deesis Range), 1497. Artist: Russian icon
The Saint Apostle Andrew (From the Deesis Range), 1497. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Virgin of Tikhvin, 16th century. Artist: Russian icon

The Virgin of Tikhvin, 16th century. Artist: Russian icon
The Virgin of Tikhvin, 16th century. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Apostle Paul (From the Deesis Range), 1497. Artist: Russian icon

The Apostle Paul (From the Deesis Range), 1497. Artist: Russian icon
The Apostle Paul (From the Deesis Range), 1497. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Annunciation, 1497. Artist: Russian icon

The Annunciation, 1497. Artist: Russian icon
The Annunciation, 1497. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: Saint Daniel Stylite. From the Deesis Range, 16th century. Artist: Russian icon

Saint Daniel Stylite. From the Deesis Range, 16th century. Artist: Russian icon
Saint Daniel Stylite. From the Deesis Range, 16th century. Found in the collection of the Nativity of Virgin Cathedral in the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, Kirillov

Background imageNorthern School Collection: Christ in Majesty (Saviour of the World), 1645. Artist: Fomin, Terenty (active 1646?1670)

Christ in Majesty (Saviour of the World), 1645. Artist: Fomin, Terenty (active 1646?1670)
Christ in Majesty (Saviour of the World), 1645. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: Alexander covers the corpse of Darius with his cloak (Illustration from the Serbian Alexandria)

Alexander covers the corpse of Darius with his cloak (Illustration from the Serbian Alexandria), 1680s. Found in the collection of the State History Museum, Moscow

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Archangel Gabriel, 1645. Artist: Fomin, Terenty (active 1646?1670)

The Archangel Gabriel, 1645. Artist: Fomin, Terenty (active 1646?1670)
The Archangel Gabriel, 1645. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: King Solomon, 1645. Artist: Fomin, Terenty (active 1646?1670)

King Solomon, 1645. Artist: Fomin, Terenty (active 1646?1670)
King Solomon, 1645. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Saint Apostle Andrew, 1645. Artist: Fomin, Terenty (active 1646?1670)

The Saint Apostle Andrew, 1645. Artist: Fomin, Terenty (active 1646?1670)
The Saint Apostle Andrew, 1645. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Apostle Peter, 1645. Artist: Fomin, Terenty (active 1646?1670)

The Apostle Peter, 1645. Artist: Fomin, Terenty (active 1646?1670)
The Apostle Peter, 1645. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Prophet Moses, 1645. Artist: Fomin, Terenty (active 1646?1670)

The Prophet Moses, 1645. Artist: Fomin, Terenty (active 1646?1670)
The Prophet Moses, 1645. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Prophet Baruch, 1645. Artist: Fomin, Terenty (active 1646?1670)

The Prophet Baruch, 1645. Artist: Fomin, Terenty (active 1646?1670)
The Prophet Baruch, 1645. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Prophet Habakkuk, 1645. Artist: Fomin, Terenty (active 1646?1670)

The Prophet Habakkuk, 1645. Artist: Fomin, Terenty (active 1646?1670)
The Prophet Habakkuk, 1645. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Prophet Aaron, 1645. Artist: Fomin, Terenty (active 1646?1670)

The Prophet Aaron, 1645. Artist: Fomin, Terenty (active 1646?1670)
The Prophet Aaron, 1645. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Prophet Elisha, 1645. Artist: Fomin, Terenty (active 1646?1670)

The Prophet Elisha, 1645. Artist: Fomin, Terenty (active 1646?1670)
The Prophet Elisha, 1645. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Prophet Daniel, 1645. Artist: Fomin, Terenty (active 1646?1670)

The Prophet Daniel, 1645. Artist: Fomin, Terenty (active 1646?1670)
The Prophet Daniel, 1645. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: Epiphanius of Salamis, 1645. Artist: Fomin, Terenty (active 1646?1670)

Epiphanius of Salamis, 1645. Artist: Fomin, Terenty (active 1646?1670)
Epiphanius of Salamis, 1645. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: Saints Zosima and Savvatiy of Solovki, Early 18th cen Artist: Russian icon

Saints Zosima and Savvatiy of Solovki, Early 18th cen Artist: Russian icon
Saints Zosima and Savvatiy of Solovki, Early 18th cen.. From a private collection

Background imageNorthern School Collection: Salt production in the Solovetsky Transfiguration Monastery on the Solovetsky Islands, 17th century

Salt production in the Solovetsky Transfiguration Monastery on the Solovetsky Islands, 17th century. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: Saints Zosima and Savvatiy of Solovki, Late 18th cent Artist: Russian icon

Saints Zosima and Savvatiy of Solovki, Late 18th cent Artist: Russian icon
Saints Zosima and Savvatiy of Solovki, Late 18th cent.. Private Collection

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Prophet Elijah and the Fiery Chariot, 1570s. Artist: Russian icon

The Prophet Elijah and the Fiery Chariot, 1570s. Artist: Russian icon
The Prophet Elijah and the Fiery Chariot, 1570s. Found in the collection of the Regional Art Museum, Solvychegodsk

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Prophets Solomon and Jacob, 16th century. Artist: Russian icon

The Prophets Solomon and Jacob, 16th century. Artist: Russian icon
The Prophets Solomon and Jacob, 16th century. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Prophets Micah and Zechariah, 16th century. Artist: Russian icon

The Prophets Micah and Zechariah, 16th century. Artist: Russian icon
The Prophets Micah and Zechariah, 16th century. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Prophets Daniel and Elisha, 16th century. Artist: Russian icon

The Prophets Daniel and Elisha, 16th century. Artist: Russian icon
The Prophets Daniel and Elisha, 16th century. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Background imageNorthern School Collection: The Crucifixion, 1497. Artist: Russian icon

The Crucifixion, 1497. Artist: Russian icon
The Crucifixion, 1497. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery



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The Northern School of Russian Iconography: A Glimpse into Spiritual Art Immerse yourself in the captivating world of the Northern School, a unique style of Russian iconography that flourished throughout centuries. These exquisite works of art offer a profound insight into religious beliefs and cultural heritage. "The Descent into Hell" by an anonymous Russian icon artist takes us on a spiritual journey, depicting Christ's triumphant descent to rescue souls from the depths of darkness. The intricate details and vibrant colors evoke a sense of divine power and salvation. In "The Prophets Jacob, Zechariah, Malachi, and Joel, " we witness the mastery of another anonymous artist from 1502-1503. This piece showcases four revered prophets with expressive faces conveying their messages from God to humanity. "Our Lady of the Sign, " created during the 16th century by an unknown artist, portrays Mary holding baby Jesus within her womb as a sign for believers. The delicate brushstrokes and serene expressions emanate maternal love and devotion. "The Dormition of the Virgin" is an awe-inspiring masterpiece crafted in 1497 by an unidentified Russian icon painter. It depicts Mary's peaceful death surrounded by mourning apostles while angels carry her soul to heaven. The ethereal atmosphere transports viewers into this sacred moment. "Apostles Peter and Paul" painted in tempera on gesso in 1708 captures these prominent figures who played pivotal roles in spreading Christianity. Their dignified presence symbolizes unwavering faith amidst challenges faced by early disciples. Saint Alexander Nevsky, depicted during the second half of the 18th century, pays homage to one of Russia's most revered saints known for his military victories against invaders. This iconic representation reflects bravery intertwined with deep spirituality. "The Prophet Elijah and the Fiery Chariot" created by Saint Demetrius Thessaloniki around mid-16th century captivates with its vivid portrayal of the prophet ascending to heaven in a chariot of fire.