Calendar icon of the month of November

Region: Russia (Vyg)
Period: Late 18th century
Size: 36 x 31 cm


Calendar icons depict the most important saints and ecclesiastical feasts of a particular month of the entire year. For November, these include the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple and the Synaxis of the Archangel Michael.

The icon was painted in Vyg, a monastery of the Old Believers. The Vygovsky Monastery was founded in 1694, in Pomoria near the river Vyg. It was a priestless community and a center of bronze foundries. Painted icons have their own use of colour. Blue and red predominate, supplemented by yellow. Figures are tall and slender and are depicted somewhat smaller in proportion, creating more space. The numbers of the days of the month are painted above the image, making it easy to see which saints belong to which day.