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Icon of The Virgin Eleousa (Vladimir Virgin)

Photo credit: The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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The Virgin Eleousa (of Tenderness) portrays the Mother and her Child with cheeks touching. A Byzantine icon of this type of Virgin, painted in the eleventh century, reached Kiev in the twelfth and became known as the Vladimir Virgin. The figures in the Ashmolean icon are inscribed in Greek, while a Russian inscription appears on the reverse. A gilt bronze revetment (riza) made for the icon is preserved.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology


  • Date

    18th C–19th C

  • Medium

    oil on panel

  • Measurements

    26.7 x 21.7 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    Bequeathed by Professor Ingram Bywater, 1915


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