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"Hands Off That Sacred Image!" the Vladimir Icon and Its Power

Bakatkina, Maria
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Bakatkina, Maria
Advisor
Dianina, Ekaterina
Abstract
The Vladimir icon is the oldest Byzantine icon that was delivered to Kievan Rus’ in the twelfth century. This icon is an object of immense political, religious, and cultural power that was brilliantly used to influence people during many periods of Russian history between the eleventh and twenty-first centuries. The course of history shows that the icon has been used as a political instrument to consolidate power and control over regions and people, as a piece of art that has to be restored and preserved, and as a beautiful symbol of faith and devotion. The people of Russia continue to venerate and honor the icon today. This work traces the history of this icon through analysis of Russian primary sources. It answers the following questions: from where, when, and why was the icon brought to Kievan Rus’? Who was the original painter of it? Why does it have the name Vladimir Mother of God? Where and why was the icon moved through the centuries? What was the primary purpose of the icon? How did the icon end up in Moscow? What happened to it during the Soviet time? What is icon’s fate today?
Language
English
Date Received
20170501
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, MA (Master of Arts), 2017
Published Date
2017-05-01
Degree
MA (Master of Arts)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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