The Icon: Virgin of the Passion
April 30th is one date given for the Commemoration of the Theotokos of the Passion and it is a very appropriate time for Orthodox who will be celebrating Pascha on May 1st this year.
It seemed like a good day to present here an icon commonly referred to as the “Princeton Madonna”. It is located at the Princeton Museum on Princeton University Campus in N.J.
The Virgin of the Passion is what historians regard as a “global icon”, meaning that it is found “globally” in one form or another. Depending upon where it is located, this icon has assumed many names.
To avoid confusion, icon art historians have agreed to refer to icon prototype as Virgin of the Passion. This title serves to bring under one umbrella (for discussion purposes) all the various and sorted titles that this prototype (Passion Icon) has been given.
Princeton has a long association with the Sinai Icons and is diligently working to archive the entire collection digitally. I attended an informational conference on campus and was able to view the Princeton artworks. An early image of The Mother of God, from Sinai, is shown below with some others from the museum.
One photo of a Passion Icon was in the news just this week. Unfortunately
it wasn’t the best news and we pray for peace.
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