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The theme of the refuge offered by the garment of the Virgin Mary originated in Vladimir-Suzdal. It was based on a vision seen in the Blachernai shrine at Constantinople by Andrew 'the Fool for the sake of Christ', who is shown in the lower register with his disciple Epiphanios. Directly below the Virgin is St Romanos the Melode. The small figures are executed in a style associated with Moscow in the sixteenth to seventeenth centuries.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology



16th C–17th C


oil on panel


H 26.3 x W 22.4 cm

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Bequeathed by Professor Ingram Bywater, 1915

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The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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