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Portable Icon with the Virgin Eleousa

early 1300s
Made in probably Constantinople
Miniature mosaic set in wax on wood panel, with gold, multicolored stones, and gilded copper
Overall: 4 7/16 x 3 3/8 x 1/2 in. (11.2 x 8.6 x 1.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of John C. Weber, in honor of Philippe de Montebello, 2008
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303
Images of the Virgin Eleousa, the Virgin of Compassion, developed in the later Byzantine centuries and profoundly influenced the art of the Latin West. Here, the intimate poses of the heads and hands display the warm emotional attachment of the Virgin and Child. The fifteenth-century Latin inscription on the reverse identifies the icon as the one that converted the fourth-century Saint Catherine of Alexandria to Christianity.
Private Collection, London (by late 1980s); [ Sam Fogg Ltd., London ]
Evans, Helen C., ed. Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557). New York, New Haven, and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2004. no. 128, pp. 217-218.

Evans, Helen C., ed. The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions – Online Catalogue. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2008.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 2008-2010." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 67, no. 2 (Fall 2010). p. 15.

A New Yorker's View of the World: The John C. Weber Collection. Koka: Miho Museum, 2015. no. 14, pp. 78–79.

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