UNKNOWN ICON PAINTER, Russian
(early 15th century)

Luke Paints the Icon of the Mother of God Hodegetria

1400s
Egg tempera on wood, 26 x 18 cm
Ikonen-Museum, Recklinghausen

According to the legend, the Evangelist Luke painted Christ and His Mother with his own hands and their images were kept in Rome and Jerusalem. From the 11th century the icon of the Mother of God Hodegetria, venerated in the Hodegon monastery in Constantinople, which shows her carrying the child facing forwards on her left arm while pointing towards Him with her right hand, was referred to as St Luke's own work. The icon in Recklinghausen is one of the oldest depictions in the visual arts of Luke painting the Mother of God.




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