signed below Christ’s right hand on face of icon: ΠєΥΚΙς
wood; stain; paint; gold
H: 6.3 in. x W: 4.9 in. x D: 1.0 in.
H: 16.0 cm. x W: 12.5 cm. x D: 2.6 cm.
Copyright 2011 College of Saint Benedict. All rights reserved.
Artifacts; Original Drawings, Paintings, Icons, Calligraphy;
This object was both dry and damp cleaned according to directions from a conservation expert when it was received at Clemens Library.
This original work is a painting on a flat, rectangular solid wood panel painted with a half-length figure representing the Mother of God, Consoler, with her son, Jesus Christ. The figures are identified by Greek inscriptions in the gold leaf background on which they float: МР θν, Mother of God; ΙС ХС, Jesus Christ; ωΌΝ (in the cross-bars of Jesus’ halo), referring to “the One Who Is” (Exodus 3:14), God’s self-revelation to Moses; and Παραμυθια, consoler.
The Mother of God is dressed in a green inner robe and blue maphorion (one-piece veil and mantle) that is marked with stars on the forehead and shoulders, symbolizing Mary’s perpetual virginity. She holds her son on her left and with her right hand draws his right hand to her cheek. As she does so, she looks directly at the viewer.
Christ is portrayed small, as a child, but with clues to his majesty. However, he sits very erect, looking to his right, into the middle distance. He is clothed in a white chiton (inner garment), covered by a gold clavus (right shoulder band) and gold himation (outer garment). He holds a scroll in his left hand. He allows his right arm to be grasped, and stretched and caressed by his mother—who seems to invite the viewer to follow her lead in her relationship with her son, the Logos of God, incarnate.
A red border is drawn around the perimeter of the panel.
Where the panel is not painted or gilded, it is stained dark brown.
On the back of the panel, upper center, there is a loop of leather stapled to the wood for hanging.