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Unformatted text preview: elements of an icon representing the Virgin and child (i.e. the Virgin heavily draped in clothing, Jesus swaddled in white cloth, the halos, and the angels flying around). Compared with earlier icons, however, this representation is much more life-like. The picture is clearly three-dimensional in perspective and maintains a high level of fidelity to 'realistic' detail (folds and highlight / shadow areas of clothing). The slightly eerie-looking angels are also very life-like, and give the impression that somewhere in this world they do indeed exist. The movement apparent both in the angels and the child , though not unknown in earlier Russian icons, reaches a new high here and may reflect the influence of the European baroque painting....
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- Fall '10