THE TERRESTRIAL LIFE OF THE MOTHER OF GOD CYCLE

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The Annunciation to AnneThe third and the forth tiers of the murals of the Assumption Cathedral accommodate the cycle of the Mother of God. The third is connected with the stories from apocryphal tales of the Hagiography of the Virgin, known from the 3rd-4th centuries, first of all, from the ‘Protevangelium of James’. Those texts have been translated since the Christianization of Russia. They narrate about the parents of the Virgin Mary – Joachim and Anne, about her birth, childhood and youth.  

The Annunciation to JoachimThe Meeting of Joachim and AnneJoachim and Anne Bringing OfferingsJoseph Reproves MaryThe Elders Reprove MaryPraying of the Mother of God

The cycle starts from the southern wall and is continued on the northern wall of the Assumption Cathedral. The last two compositions portray the Mother of God before her Dormition, when she went to the Mount of Olives and the trees made obeisance to her, and the angel let the Virgin know of her soon death, as well as the scene of her Praying at the Sepulchre of Christ after His ascension.