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Description of the icon of Dionysius “Rejoices in you” (end of the 15th century; beginning of the 16th century)


The image, written by the icon painter Dionysius, is directly related to church hymns. The icon of the first icon painter Dionysius "Rejoices in you" depicts the divine song of the martyr John to the Blessed Virgin Mary "rejoices in you, Gracious ...". The icon was painted by Dionysius around the end of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th century.

In the image, the Mother of God, surrounded by angels, is in the center. Sitting on the throne, slightly turned to the right, she holds in her arms the baby Jesus Christ. The throne on which the Virgin Mary sits is wooden, wide, with a rounded back. Like a rainbow of blue shades, around the Most Holy Theotokos the heavenly and earthly glory is depicted.

Behind the throne is a domed temple, a flowering Garden of Eden. The temple is white five-domed, symbolizing the Heavenly Jerusalem. The rest of the roof of the temple was angry. The garden consists of flowering and fruiting trees, shrubs.

On the left are John Preteche and John Damaskin holding a scroll in his hand (presumably he is the author of the prayer “He rejoices about you”). On the right are the nuns, which symbolize the innocence of the Virgin, as mentioned in the song “The Virgin is a perfect virgin.” The lower part of the icon represents the people who glorify her and the baby. Bottom right martyrs and apostles. On the left are the saints of various ranks.

The icon painting is executed in colorful colors, which embodies joy and glorification. Dionysius applied various combinations of shades, using dense, light and cold.

The icon painter perfectly depicted the mutual relations of the heavenly and earthly worlds without distorting their meaning - peace and harmony, the unity of the universe. You can see the classic moderate ratio of the upper and lower parts of the image.





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