Greek icon | Madre della Consolazione

Icon: Madre della Consolazione V-23

Origin :
Veneto-Cretan
Period :
Early 16th century
Size :
21 x 16 cm (excl. frame)
Provenance :
Christie’s London, June 1978, Lot 21 | Private collection, Netherlands

The Mother of God is depicted half-length against a gold background. She wears a blue tunic and a purple maphorion (mantle), fastened at the chest. The borders of her mantle are decorated with gold pseudo-Kufic inscriptions. A transparent white veil is draped over her hair. Holding Christ on her right arm, Mary gestures towards him by resting her hand lovingly on his left leg. Christ holds a gold globe in one hand and makes a sign of blessing with the other. His face is turned towards the left. His undergarment is a dark green tunic, decorated with gold motives. His orange-red robe has a refined pattern of golden highlights accentuating the fall of the folds. At his right upper arm, a part of his transparent white shirt is visible, reaching to his elbow.

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