Icon of Theotokos 'Of the Sign' (Vlakhernitissa, 13th cent., Byzantium)

Icon of Theotokos 'Of the Sign' (Vlakhernitissa, 13th cent., Byzantium)
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blessed. Virgin


 
Direct print on linden panel.
 
The icon is kept in the basilica of St. Katherine's monastery on Sinai. The ancient Constantinople icon type of Maria Vlakhernitissa dates back to the Roman images of the 4th century. This icon type is to be found in the first Christians' catacombs. The Mother of God is depicted full-face, usually half-height with Her hands stretched out to Heaven. Emmanuel the Saviour is depicted in her bosom against the background of a sphere. In the Russian Tradition, the image received the name of the 'Sign'. The fundamental meaning of the icons 'Of the Sign' is the transition from the Theotokos' Intercession prayer to the Incarnation of Christ. The Sign symbolizes Annunciation, the Nativity of Christ, and the following events of the New Testament up to the Second Coming of the Saviour to the Earth.


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