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Collections Metropolis of Mytiline, Eressos and Plomari

Item ID: 216
Item Number: 5
Collection: Metropolis of Mytiline, Eressos and Plomari
Item Name: The Virgin Glykofilousa (of Tenderness)
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Year: Late 15nth century
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Dimensions: 46x34.5cm
Condition state: Very good
Current position: EPISCOPAL RESIDENCE COLLECTION


Description: The Virgin s depicted in half-length following the traditional representation of the Glykofilousa iconographic type. She is depicted turning leftwards and holding the Christ Child in both her arms. She slightly inclines her head towards Christ and touching his cheek.
Christ wears a white chiton and gold-striated ocher himation. He is holding a rolled scroll with both hands and gaze tenderly towards the Virgin.
The heads of the two figures are surrounded by punched halos delicately decorated with foliate scroll decoration.
Virgin Mary wears a dark red maphorion with gold striations, embellished with the traditional star-shaped geometrical motifs. Her tunic and headdress are painted in emerald green.
Emphasis is placed upon the depiction of the Virgin’s facial characteristics, stressing out the love for her Son, but also the endless care in purely human manner.In the top corners of the icon, inscribed in red monogrammatic majuscules and against the gold background one can read ΜΡ ΘΥ – for Mary and IC XC for Christ.
The stylistic and iconographic type of the figures points to a dating in the 15nth century.