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2.95 The Virgin Galaktotrophousa (Giving-Suck)
Simonopetra Monastery
Wood, egg tempera, 57 x 38 cm



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The Virgin is portrayed enthroned in full-length with her feet resting on a rectangular footstool. Clothed in robes more suited to an angel, with her left breast she gives suck to the Child, who is seated on her left thigh.

The iconographic type of the Virgin Galaktotrophousa, which already occurs in the sixth century (LCI, 3 [1971], p. 158), is known from Athonite portable icons.

Nevertheless it must be noted that this iconographic type is not usually found in despotic icons, where the simple Virgin and Child type is preferred, as shown by dozens of recorded Athonite icons. The painter is the same as that of the icon of Christ Pantokrator, no. 2.96.

Bibliography: Unpublished.

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