Temple Gallery

Established 1959

Alexander Nevsky - exhibited at the Temple Gallery, specialists in Russian icons

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E046. Saint Alexander Nevsky

18th century
Tempera and gesso on wood
Panel: 26.5 x 22.2 cmClick here to convert metric size to imperial

Provenance:  Vilnius art market

Condition:  Good condition; minor abrasions commensurate with age

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Alexander Nevsky; 30 May 1220 – 14 November 1263, proclaimed Saint of the Russian Orthodox Church by Metropolite Macariy in 1547 was the Prince of Novgorod and Grand Prince of Vladimir during some of the most trying times in the city's history. Commonly regarded as the key figure of medieval Rus, Alexander was the grandson of Vsevolod the Big Nest and rose to legendary status on account of his military victories over the German and Swedish invaders while employing collaborationist policies towards the powerful Golden Horde. Prior to his death, he took monastic vows and was given the religious name of Alexis.

Considering his immense stature in Russian history and myth, it is surprising that his icon is rare.

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