This lovely image of the Virgin and Child is based
upon the 'Mother of God of Kazan' icon, famous
for symbolizing the suffering of the Russian
people. Western influence is apparent in the
decorative and delicate border of grape vines.
The pose of the Virgin and the representation of
the Christ child are also very reminiscent of
Western Medieval art. Set against a lovely
enamelled background of pale blue, the color
associated with the Virgin Mary, the detailed
figures in low relief are beautifully modelled and
very expressive. Within the small area of this
icon is a wealth of emotion: of a human mother's
love for her child, and a divine spirit of woman
adoring the only begotten Son of God.