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From Iconoclasm to the splendour of the Macedonian and Comnene dynasties

Virgin praying
Relief icon of the Virgin

This fragmentary icon with simple raised frame and a relief representation of the Virgin orant was made of a single marble slab. The Virgin stands in a frontal position with her arms raised and her left leg slightly bent back. Her garments fall softly revealing the outlines of her slender body in a way which is extremely rare in Byzantine art. Her cape is treated in lower relief so as to create a sense of depth. The icon is distinguished by the design's finesse and the figure's naturalistic rendering, which recall ancient Greco-Roman prototypes.

Exhibit Features
Date: Middle Byzantine period, Beginning of the 11th century AC
Place of discovery: Thessaloniki, Church of Profitis Ilias
Dimensions: length: 0,76 m, height: 0,95 m
Material: marble
Inventory number: มร 776
Copyright: Hellenic Ministry of Culture