From Iconoclasm to the splendour of the Macedonian and Comnene dynasties
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.
Middle Byzantine period, Beginning of the 11th century AC