"The Mother of Tenderness" or "Eleusa" icons are typical with Mary and Christ being cheek to cheek in the most tender maternal relationship. She is dressed in a red cloak showing her humanity. The maphorion encircles her head. It has a precious golden border and is ornamented with three stars, one over the forehead and the shoulders-signs of her virginity.
Christ is a baby in size only for he is “the Word”. His face reflects the concern and the wisdom of God. His garments are gold depicting everlasting life, orange depicting revolution and over his shoulder is the clavium (scarf). Christ presses His face affectionately against his mother’s cheek and his arms encircle her neck in tenderness and consolation. It is as if they share together all that is to come.
MEASUREMENTS: 5.7" long (14.5 cm), 4" wide (10cm)
This is my interpretation of this traditional for the byzantine canons icon. Painted on wood panel with tempera and gold foil gilded on stucco canvas. It is varnished with couple of layers to assure a long lasting image and to make it easy and safe to clean it from dust. The back is varnished with darker tone semi transparent varnish for a nice finish.