Icon of the Panagia Enthroned – T13

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Style

Enthroned

Heritage

Greek

Location
Date

20th c. (Late)

Iconographer

Theophilean Brotherhood

Description

Often when the icon panels are prepared, the central space where the figures will be represented are indented, providing a natural border to the finished icon as is seen in this Greek icon.  Here the Virgin is portrayed in a full length view while seated on a throne with her Divine Son in her arms.  “Panagia” means “All-Pure” in Greek.  The darker hues against the luminous gold background seen here make the figures seem to float and be illumined from behind.

In an icon made in the egg-tempera technique, which is most common for portable icon panels, a board is prepared on which smooth white gesso is applied is several layers.  The pigment is then mixed with egg-yolk and put on in several layers or washes over the gesso, with the dark layers laid down first, and the lighter layers afterwards.  Often gold-leaf is also applied to specific parts of the icon.  When light strikes the finished icon it is either reflected brightly by this gold-leaf, or penetrates the successive washes of translucent egg-tempera pigments to strike the polished white gesso underneath, giving a deep luminosity to the icon.  This expresses the luminous quality of the Life to come in Eternity.