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Berat, “Onufri”, Onufri , “Holy Mary holding Baby Jesus in her right arm”,  16th Century

The work is ascribable to the 16th century iconography of Onofrio. It belongs to the “Hodigitria” type which means the one who shows the way (in Greek Hodos). This icon is attributed to Lica, and was worshipped in a church of Constantinopolis where the “hodeges” or leaders of the way used to meet. Initially the icon was conceived by the painter without the engraved metallic part that covers a part of the background. This is noticed by the cut of the metal, which is damaged along the profiles of the two figures. Another of the icon’s features is that Jesus is found on the left side, and is held in Holy Mary’s right arm. Holy Mary is depicted in the centre and is slightly inclined towards the right, she is wearing a purple tunic which folds are painted correctly and heavily according the Byzantine style. Her serious face has the typical penetrating glance of the tradition of the paleolegenic period. The decorations with pearls in rhomboid form are placed on the bust and head and have been added at the same time with the silver leaf. Jesus is held in Holy Mary’s arms and is blessing with his right hand while the left holds an open parchment. The dress that Jesus is wearing is the same that he will use in adulthood, while the inner dress is tinted in orange treated in gold. Two angels with hands covered in respect are painted in the upper corners of the icon. The representation of the Hodigitria was the preferred theme in Byzantine and post Byzantine paintings and had a wide expansion. This icon clearly expresses the chromatic features, especially the colour red which makes it noteworthy among the elements of Ecumenical Art. At the bottom part of the icon, there is a frieze of 12 cm with motifs belonging to Islamic Art. These decorations are typical of the Turkish-Arabic nations of the East. The icon is characterized by Onofrio’s specific style and as well by his technique.

Informacion i mëtejshëm
  regione: Berat
Vendosja /Renditja
  Renditja/Vendosja: Located in the back of the iconostasis.
  Përkufizimi: Icon
  Datimi i saktë : viti/vitet: 16th century
Përkufizimi Kulturor
  Autori: Onufri
Të dhëna teknike
  Materiali /lënda: Chestnut wood covered partially in silver, engraved gold and old crystal stones.
  Teknika: Sienna coloured egg tempera on wood and engraved silver foil with attached crystal stones.
  Përmasat: H.129.5 W.75
  Njësia: cm
  Lartësia: 129.5
  Gjërësia: 75
  Gjuha: Greek
  Bibliografia specifike: Book: “ Tresor d’art albanais” Paris, page 63 with photo. “Ikonen aus albanien, Sacrale Kunts des 14. bis 19. jahrhunderts, page  44 with photo. ”Toleranca burim i hapësirës ekumenike dhe e artit ekumenik në Berat” author: Dr. Myslym Hotova,  page 68, publisher “Toena”.
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