According to ancient tradition, the Holy Evangelist, Physician, and Iconographer Luke, on a board from the table at which the Savior ate together with His all-pure Mother and righteous Joseph, painted three icons of the Theotokos. When the Most Pure One looked at them, she said: "Henceforth, all generations shall call Me blessed. The grace of both My Son and Me shall be with this icon." One of these Icons is now known as the 'Vladimir' icon.
In the year 1131, the icon was sent from Constantinople to Rus to holy Prince Mstislav and was installed in the Devichi monastery in Vyshgorod, Russia. The son of George Dolgoruky, St Andrew Bogoliubsky, brought the icon to the city of Vladimir in 1155 and installed it in the renowned Dormition cathedral which he built. At this time the icon received its name of the Vladimir Icon. The icon was first brought to Moscow in the year 1395. Thus, the blessing of the Mother of God established the spiritual bonds of Byzantium and Rus via Kiev, Vladimir and Moscow. The most solemn celebration of the icon occurs on August 26, the feast established in honor of the ‘Meeting of the Vladimir Icon’ upon its transfer from Vladimir to Moscow. On June 23, the Church celebrates the miracle of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God, which led to the saving of Moscow from the invasion of Khan Achmed in 1480. On May 21 of each year, the feast Celebration of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God is celebrated to commemorate the deliverance of Moscow from an invasion of Tatars in 1521. Words cannot describe this icon; any expression seems futile and so inadequate when compared to the gaze of the Theotokos image. Mary’s look encompasses so much of life and death;the resurrection, eternity,and immortality.
This ‘art with a purpose’ is handmade by carpenters of the finest caliber. The Standard board is made of durable MDF and has a wooden veneer on the back. The finest 100% cotton, PH-neutral, archival museum-quality paper is are used in the process. Lastly, a series of custom sealants protect the image from fading, sun damage, water, and other outside elements. The construction of the wooden icon is a meticulous and painstaking procedure. These prime selected canvas’ and woods allow for expansion and contraction of the image that will prevent cracking or splitting.