Icon of "The Milk-Giving Mother of the Saviour" Galaktotrophousa (Lactant) - ROM2018_16774_38

ROM2018_16774_38

Icon of "The Milk-Giving Mother of the Saviour" Galaktotrophousa (Lactant)

Maker: Unknown maker
Medium:Wood panel, painted in tempera on a gesso ground; gilt
Geography: Dalmatia, Croatia
Date: c.1600
Dimensions:
76.9 x 54.4 x 4.2 cm
Object number: 978.353.29
Credit Line: Donated by Dr. Peter Janetos in memory of his parents, Bessie and John Janetos
Not on view
DescriptionThe picture shows the episode of the Flight of the Holy Family into Egypt, described in the Syriac "The Vision of Theophilus," and expressed in the words of Mary "…I was left under the tree feeding my Son at the breast". In contrast to Western art, Icons from the East reveal a dislike of natural reactions. There is no gesture of emotion, as seen in pictures from the West. Through the Child here is suckling, its right hand gestures of blessing, indicating that the Christ Child of Orthodoxy always remains the Lord. The Milk-giving Mother of God is a symbolic Icon.
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