Nieznana ikona z Mielnika. Przyczynek do dziejów ikon na Podlasiu
The unknown icon in Mielnik. The beginning of icons in the Podlasie Province
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The Hypatian Codex (also known as Ipatiev Chronicle) contains the oldest information about the icons on the Podlasie region. At the end of 1260, it was realized that prince Daniel’s brother, Vasilko, prayed to God in fornt of the icon of Holy Mother of God of the Orthodox Church in Mielnik. It is not known what was on the icon. There are not any evidences of existing Jezus Christ’s icon, so Vasilko probably prayed to the Saviour through the famous icon known for its miracles in the Orthodox Church in Mielnik. Two Russian authors of the 19th century, Fiodor Pokrowski and bishop Josif mention the icon that was placed in the altar of the Orthodox Church in Mielnik. However, it is extremely doubtful whether the medieval icon was preserved in the provincial Orthodox Church and there is no information about the icon in 19th century while the Orthodox Church was controlled.The article is an attempt to explain doubtful interpretations of the non-existent icons.
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