Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Greece: icon of Mary Hodegetria

14th century Byzantine icon of Virgin and child Hodegetria. Wood panel 105 by 72 cm



VIRGIN MARY IS DEPICTED IN THE ESTABLISHED ICONOGRAPHIC TYPE OF HODEGETRIA, IN BUST, DRESSED IN CHITON AND MAPHORION, WITH HER RIGHT HAND IN A SUPPLICATION GESTURE, WHILE HOLDING THE INFANT CHRIST WITH HER LEFT. JESUS CHRIST IS BLESSING WITH HIS RIGHT HAND WHILE HOLDING A CLOSED SCROLL WITH HIS LEFT. AT THE UPPER RIGHT CORNER IN A RED MEDALLION ARCHANGEL GABRIEL IS DEPICTED. ON THE UPPER LEFT CORNER, WHERE ARCHANGEL MICHAEL WAS PROBABLY DEPICTED, THE PAINTED SURFACE IS DAMAGED.

Interpol Folder: 2016/47205-1.5

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