The Nativity of Jesus Christ


Very little is known about Stepan Zaviazoshnikov. Like many icon painters, he inherited his craft from his father and passed the tradition on to his son who was a well-known Yaroslavian restorer and icon painter.  Zaviazoshnikov’s Nativity takes after earlier works on the same subject, but the artist introduces an innovative color scheme into a traditional theme, a typical device of 18th century Yaroslavian art. Orange-pink, light blue and turquoise shades, together with golden halos and silver highlights, create a highly decorative effect that is said to resemble the work of a jeweler.