A copy of the 15th century icon the Yaroslavl Virgin and Child from the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.

This is an Eleousa (Tenderness) type icon depicting the Child in an intimate embrace with His Mother, the cheeks meeting and hands touching the hem and chin of the Virgin. I have made a minor correction to the border of the maphorion to replace the original Greek ornamentation with a Cyrillic line of text taken from the Gospel of Luke appropriate to the dedicatee:

‘And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; let it be unto me according to thy word. And with that the angel left her’


Egg tempera and 22ct gold on a wood panel
48.5 x 40.5cm
Written 2021

This icon may be viewed in the Lady Chapel at the church of Our Lady of the Annunciation, Bishop Eton, Liverpool.