Cretan Icon II by 15th Century School


Cretan Icon II


15th Century School

Ref GM1724
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 12" x 16" (30 x 40 cm)
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This image depicts the Blessed Virgin Mary wearing a dress of dark red, representing the Passion of Jesus, representing her perpetual virginity, and cloaked veil, which represents her pure modesty. The Virgin Mary has a star on her forehead, signifying her role as Star of the Sea. The Byzantine depictions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in art has three stars, one star each on the shoulder and one on the forehead. This type of icon is called Hodegetria composition, where Saint Mary is also pointing to her Son, known as a Theotokos of the Passion. The Greek inscriptions reads 'MP-ΘΥ (Mother of God) The icon is painted with a gold background on a walnut panel which was probably painted in the islands of Crete, which at the time was then ruled by the Republic of Venice.