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This particular icon is known as The Virgin of Vladimir. It was originally a gift from the Byzantine empire and was rumored to have been painted by Saint Luke. Also known as "the Mother of Tenderness".

Mary holds the Christ-Child close accentuating the maternal relationship with her son. She is dressed in a cloak of the deepest red 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.

The icon is painted with tempera paints and gold foil on stucco canvas mounted on a vintage ceramic tile. The tile is at least 30-40 years old and tiles of this type were used on the rooftops of the houses in Bulgaria in the past. This really adds to the "aged" look of the icon.The icon is sealed with couple of varnish layers to assure a long lasting and well preserved image and to make it easy and safe to clean from dust.

Measurements: approx 12" (31cm)long by 6 1/2"(17cm) wide at the bottom,4.5"(11.5cm)wide at the top, and 0.5" thick (1.4cm)

Virgin Mary and Christ child Icon, Tile Painting, The Virgin of Vladimir, 12 by 6 inches handpainted orthodox icon


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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: wood panel, stucco, tempera, gold leaf, varnish
  • Ships worldwide from Bulgaria
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