Stolen: "Our Lady of Yaroslavl"
Russia, 15th Century
Oil on Wood Panel
10" x 13"
On August 27, 1998, St. George's Episcopal Church in Schenectady, New York, reported the theft of a valuable 15th-century Russian Icon. The painting is done on an inch-thick piece of curved wood with a brownish-gold background. It depicts the Virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus with the infant's head resting on Mary's cheek and his hand touching her chin. Both images have golden halos and their garments are painted in white, orange, yellow, green and blue.
The painting was hanging approximately six feet off the ground in a passageway between a small chapel and the church nave. It was acquired by a parishioner in Russia during the early 1990's and donated to the church in 1996.
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