Vladimir Mother of God Icon. Arrived in Moscow in believed to have turned back Tamarlane, instrumental in the defeat of Napoleon's forces in 1812 and in 1914 Nicholas II invoked the Icon's blessing on the eve of World War One.
ICON: Vladimir Madonna, 12th century, egg tempera on wood, State Historical Museum, Moscow. The icon can be recognized by the arm of the Child around the neck of the mother. The face of the Virgin that is looking towards us is full of warmth and human comprehension, but also with deep sadness.