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Icon of The Virgin Blachernitissa

Photo credit: The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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The Virgin Blachernitissa, sometimes also called Platytera, is so named because the iconographic type originated in the church of the Blachernai at Constantinople. She was portrayed in an orant posture, with a half figure of the 'pre-eternal' Christ suspended in a medallion in front of her breast. The names of the figures are inscribed in Greek. The red background is characteristic of painting produced in the Near East where this panel may have originated.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology


  • Date

    17th C

  • Medium

    oil on panel

  • Measurements

    16.7 x 13 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    Purchased, 1969


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