Icon of the Mother of God of the Sweet Embrace - Eleousa - ROM2018_16774_37


Icon of the Mother of God of the Sweet Embrace - Eleousa

Maker: Unknown maker
Medium:Wood panel, painted in tempera on a gesso ground; gilt
Geography: Serbia
Date: c. 1700-1799
37.2 x 32.9 x 2.2 cm
Object number: 978.353.28
Credit Line: Donated by Dr. Peter Janetos in memory of his parents, Bessie and John Janetos
Not on view
DescriptionThe pose, known as Eleousa - the Mother of God of Tenderness, expressed by an embrace - became popular after the 12th century. The Vladmir Icon retained its primacy as a model throughout the centuries. Although there were variations the basic composition of the double portrait was respected in our Icon also. Despite changes in colour and ornamentation of the clothes, the basic outline of this admirable composition, with gestures and movements, is unchanged. In particular, the left foot of the child is always tucked under him, showing only the sole of the foot. Greek inscriptions on the Icon introduce it under the name Eleousa of Kykkos.
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