The Virgin of Kazan, 18th century

The Virgin of Kazan, 18th century, in a chased silver frame

In the late 16th century, according to church tradition, a vision of the Virgin appeared to a young girl in the city of Kazan in the form depicted in this icon. From this time on, the Kazanskaya became the most widely venerated image of the Mother of God in Russia. It became extremely popular in the 18th and 19th centuries and many hundreds, if not thousands, were made.  

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