A Standing Figure of Saint Nicholas, circumscribed by eighteen scenes from his life, Moscow, early 16th century, 123.5 by 93.5cm

Icons are at the heart of the Russian artistic and cultural tradition. The word icon to this day lives in the Russian language and carries with it a whole range of associations. Russians were initiated into the world of the icon through Byzantium whence Russians received their high culture at a time when Constantinople was the greatest centre of European Christian culture and Greeks were masters of painting.

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