|The Virgin Glykophilousa (The Lady of the Angels)
Wood, egg tempera, 26.5 x 20 cm
By the hand of Jeremiah
The Virgin is portrayed in the well-known type of the Glykophilousa (The Sweetly-Kissing-One), a type used in fifteenth century Cretan art and surviving throughout the Turkish period (Baltoyianni 1994, p. 17). The Christ Child sits in his mother's arms, as she holds him by his thigh and back. Characteristic features of this type are Christ's bare left leg, the Virgin's mourning mantle drawn tightly round her throat and the closed scroll tied with a purple ribbon that the Child holds with both hands.