The Merry Monks' Mendacious Miracles
The letter О from The Anti-Religious Alphabet
14 7/8 x 10 5/8 in. (37.8 x 27 cm)
Mikhail Mikhailovich Cheremnykh
(Tomsk, Russia, 1890 - 1962, Moscow, USSR)
Full Title:The letter О from The Anti-Religious Alphabet
Medium and Support:
Marion Stratton Gould Fund
The Anti-Religious Alphabet
From a portfolio of 27 prints.
Icons-- images of the Virgin Mary, Christ, or holy saints-- are important devotional objects in Russian Orthodox Christianity. Because believers communicate through them with the divine world, they are sometimes seen as magical. Here, the magic is revealed as the outright trickery of the clergy. Although this image of the Virgin Mary seems to weep genuine tears, in reality a monk is pouring a bucket of water into a vessel attached to the back of the icon.