THE GLYKOPHILOUSA MOTHER OF GOD

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CRETAN, LATE 15TH CENTURY

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THE GLYKOPHILOUSA MOTHER OF GOD

CRETAN, LATE 15TH CENTURY

Portrayed half-length, in three-quarter view, the Mother of God facing the onlooker, with her right hand supporting the Child, embracing and bringing him closer to her, leaning forward to touch his face, him in response stretching his neck in order to reach his Mother's cheek, grasping the edge of her maphorion, Christ rendered in a serpentine position with his back to the viewer and his legs crossed, holding an open scroll inscribed with the verse from Isaiah 61:1 and Luke 4:18: The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me…, his right sandal loose, revealing his underfoot, the flesh modeled in light tan colour, brightened by natural tones, the features accentuated through delicate white brushstrokes, the kekryphalos of the Mother of God rendered in saturated green, her maphorion in carmine with geometrically shaped folds, embellished with a golden hem and fringes, Christ's green himation and orange chiton, supplemented by red straps and a sash, all decorated with intense chrysography, the haloes with punched patterns, that of the Mother of God with rosettes amidst scrolls and Christ's Cruciform nimbus with foliage, against a brilliant gold background, set in its original carved wooden and gilded frame

26? x 23 in. (67.5 x 58.5 cm)