The Virgin Enthroned

Type: Icon

Period: From the beginning of the 18 century to the end of the 18 century

Author: Unknown

School: Aton Iconographic School

Dimmensions (cm): 76 / 56


Country: Greece

Province: Kavala

Town: Kavalla


Country: Bulgaria

Other source: Others

Object identification notes

The careful value modelling and the exquisite drawing suggests the hand of Zahari the monk from Mount Athos who painted some icons in the Rila Monastery the 18th century. The icon has a profiled frame in green and black. The background is milky blue. The inscriptions are in round medallions with a golden edge.


The Virgin is a full-size full-face figure sitting on a throne and holding the Child. She wears a dark-blue chiton and cherry-brown maphorion. Jesus Christ wears a white chiton and a bright-red himation. Two full-size angels amidst round clouds crown the Mother of God. In their free hands they hold open scrolls. They wear chitons and himations in red and blue. Virgin Mary sits on a golden pillow on a throne with lavish baroque decoration. The backrest is topped by two exquisitely painted seraphim on both sides.

Iconographical technique: Tempera

Base material: Wood