The Christmas Story in Color

I found this Christmas icon in a group of old Russian icons.  I thought I’d share it here on my blog for the benefit of those who enjoy iconography.  It tells the Christmas story/drama in a pictorial fashion.  As Michel Quenot said, “theology in imagery, the icon expresses through color what the Gospel proclaims in words”.

I haven’t figured out every detail of it, but here’s my best shot at it:

Starting at the top left: we have the annunciation in which the archangel Gabriel is telling the Theotokos (Mary) the good news of the salvation of the world.  I’m not too sure who the figure to the far left is who is holding a scroll.  My guess would be righteous Simeon from who states in Luke 2:29-32, Continue reading The Christmas Story in Color