Poetically, by containing the Creator of the Universe in her womb, Mary has become Platytera ton ouranon, which means: “More spacious than the heavens.”
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Panagia Platytera (Greek: Πλατυτέρα; “wider” or “more spacious”) is an icon of Virgin Mary, facing the viewer directly, usually depicted full length with her hands in the “orans” position, and with the image of Christ as a child in front of her chest, also facing the viewer directly. Sometimes the image of Christ is contained within a medallion. Poetically, by containing the Creator of the Universe in her womb, Mary has become Platytera ton ouranon, which means: “More spacious than the heavens.”
This type is sometimes called the “Virgin of the Sign” or “Our Lady of the Sign,” a reference to Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel.”
Such an image is often placed in the apse above the altar. This specific iconography has been crafted by using the artificial aging technique as it was taught to the hagiographer, Nectarios Nestos on Mt Athos.
It is available via the Mount Athos product exhibition.
|Dimensions||20 x 27 cm|