Icon Mother of God the child's game
Hand painted icon from Romania.
Icon depicting the Madonna Mother of God playing the child, hand painted with traditional technique in Romania. Size 18X22 cm, other sizes available on request.
Child's Game: this type of icon, a variant of the Mother of God of Tenderness, develops towards the XII-XIII century. It is an icon that veiledly recalls the theme of the Passion. Jesus in His Mother's arms does not fidget because of childish vivacity: as in the Garden of Olives he has a presentiment of the Passion and finds fear and anguish. With a sudden movement, the Child throws his head back, clinging to Mary. The position of the arms and legs convey a dynamic attitude of sudden movement. With one hand the Child touches the Mother's face and with the other he seeks her hand to hold on to. Mary with the ready attention that only a Mother can have, closes her left hand clutching the Child's clothes, the right hand is instead stretched behind protecting him from a possible fall. The Child's Play icon finds fertile ground in popular devotion in Russia, Syria and Armenia.