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Icon: Mother of God Eleousa | R-32
 
 
Origin Crete
Period : 16th century
Size
: 31 x 26.7 cm (50 x 44 cm incl. frame)
 
In Greek, this type of Mother of God is called Eleousa, meaning ‘compassion’ or ‘pity’. The Mother of God is depicted half-length against a gold background, and turning to the left. On her left arm Mary holds the Christ Child, who embraces her. Her right hand, held before her, gestures towards her son as she gracefully turns her head towards him so that their cheeks touch. Christ has crossed his right leg under his left. He wears a white chiton, a red band  wrapped around his waist and an ochre robe, decorated with gold highlights.  The Mother of God wears a blue tunic bordered with gold and a purple maphorion. Gold ornaments are applied to her forehead and shoulders and her mantle is furnished with a gold fringe. The figures’ faces and hands are modelled in shades of white, ochre and pink. The Mother of God has a loving expression but at the same time she emanates a restrained grief. She gazes over her child, as if lost in thought, and catches the eye of the beholder, just like the Christ Child. A remarkable detail is found in one of Christ’s sandals having come loose. Identical iconographic and stylistic elements can be seen on a large number of icons from the 16th century. The frame of the icon dates from the 19th century.
 
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