The Virgin of Tenderness

Type: Icon

Period: From the beginning of the 14 century to the end of the 14 century

Author: Unknown

School: Unknown

Dimmensions (cm): 135 / 95


Country: Bulgaria

Province: Sofia

Town: Sofia

Museum: National History Museum


Country: Bulgaria

Other source: Others

Object identification notes

A work of art related to the official mediaeval Balkan art tendency.


Conventional iconography depicting the Virgin of Tenderness, 3/4 face to the child. Her right hand supports the hand of the child Jesus and her left hand, his body. The Child's legs are crossed. His left hand grips the cloak that falls from his mother's head; his other hand rests in her hand. The Virgin wears a dark-blue chiton and a brown maphorion edged with golden ornaments and patterns.

Iconographical technique: Tempera

Base material: Wood

The obverse side of the two-sided icon (the back side is "Christ Pantocrator"). It has an inset base, the frame is broad, golden and red, the background is golden.