Like Buy Share View in Room Title Cretan Icon II Artist 15th Century School Ref GM1724 Type Fine Art Print Image Size 12" x 16" (30 x 40 cm) Paper Size 16" x 20" (40 x 50 cm) Price $200.00 £120.00 $200.00 €210.00 Add to basket Description 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.