Our Lady of Korsun Icon

Our Lady of Korsun is a beautiful image, simple and tender. It became popular as a private devotional image in the 1500s, painted by the iconographers of the Isle of Crete. I have written this image before–and written about it as well. I am reblogging it below, to explain the symbolism and other details about the icon. This latest version has just been completed. It is tiny, only 6×6 inches.


In every icon, Christ is the center and the subject.  Careful observing makes that very clear in this icon, Our Lady of Korsun, which is  my favorite image to pray with.  I love the tender, pensive sorrow of the expression and gesture of the Theotokos, the reassuring blessing and comfort of the Lord. The image glows with love and compassion.  Dating back to the 16th Century, this icon was used for household devotions rather than formal church liturgy.

At first glance, it might appear that this icon is about Mary, the Mother of God. After all, the figure of Mary is much larger, and her face is the literal center point of the icon.    However, every element of the composition points to the Child Jesus as the  true center, the focal point, the main focus of this icon.  Our eyes naturally follow along lines, and both line–and color– draw our…

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About reinkat

I am an iconographer, and have been studying Russian/Greek icons since 1995. I'm married with 3 children. I love hiking, camping, animals, my family and church--and icons.
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