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Madonna and child, fragment of a wall painting

Madonna and child, fragment of a wall painting

Madonna and child, fragment of a wall painting

Plaster and pigment

H: 62; W: 45; D: 42 cm

Israel Antiquities Authority
IAA:

1999-2151

Archaeology/Islamic Art & Archaeology

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.

From the Israel Museum 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

Exhibitions:

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