In 1926 when Queen Marie ventured to the then-remote Pacific Northwest to dedicate Maryhill Museum for her friend Samuel Hill, she brought with her fifteen crates full of artwork and artifacts for the museum. Without doubt, some of the Maryhill Museum icons were in these crates.
To the Orthodox believer, these venerated objects provide a “window to heaven,” a continuum which connects the secular world with the heavenly realm. These Orthodox icons are revered for both their artistic and spiritual significance.
Above: Russia, Mother of God, Joy to All Who Suffer, 19th century, egg tempera on wood, 27⅜” x 22⅝”. Gift of Marie, Queen of Romania, Collection of Maryhill Museum of Art.
Left: Ukraine, Vladimir Mother of God, late 19th century, egg tempera on wood, 11¾” x 9½”. Collection of Maryhill Museum of Art