Holy Virgin Pelagonitissa
Laate Byzantine 1421-22
From Church of the Transfiguration, Zrze Monastery, Prilep.
Museum of Macedonia, Skopje, FYR-Macedonia.
This is a variatiion of the virgin of tenderness (Glykophilousa).The infant Christ hugging his mother with his back turned to the viewer characterizes this type, a gesture that boosts the drama of the mother worried for her frightened chjild who is threatened with martyrdom.
 
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