AN UNUSUAL VARIATION OF THE MOTHER OF GOD OF THE 'SWEET KISS'

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AN UNUSUAL VARIATION OF THE MOTHER OF GOD OF THE 'SWEET KISS'

CRETAN, CIRCA 1500

The Mother of God depicted half-length, with elongated, noble features, tenderly holding the Child with both her hands, looking away from the viewer, Christ touching his cheek to the face of his Mother, holding the hem of her maphorion in a playful manner and caressing her chin, wrapped in two himatia, one red and the other green with dense gold highlights, the punched haloes decorated with scrolls, against a brilliant gold background

18? x 13? in. (46.25 x 34.25 cm)