Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Madonna and child, fragment of a wall painting
Jerusalem
Crusader Period, 12th century
Plaster and pigment
H: 62; W: 45; D: 42 cm
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number: IAA 1999-2151
 
 
This fragment orginally decorated a church. Mary's head is surrounded by a halo, and to her right part of the infant Jesus' head can be seen. This is an iconic depiction of the Madonna and Child of a type referred to as Virgin Hodegtria, which generally shows the virgin holding the infant Jesus in her left arm while pointing to him with her right. The fragment exhibits a Byzantine painting style and resembles paintings found in churches in Bethlehem and Abu Ghosh.

Publications:
Arad, P., Crusader Madonna. Israel Museum Studies in Archaeology 6, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2007
Chronicles of the Land, Archaeology in the Israel Museum Jerusalem, Dayagi-Mendels Michal, and Rozenberg, Silvia (eds.), The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 2010

Exhibition:
Knights of the Holy Land: The Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Weisbord Pavilion, 15/07/1999 - 01/01/2000

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir