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Narthex, south conch. Face of Virgin of Mercy
This image of the Mother of God represents an iconographic type that came from the West. It is called by scholars Madonna della Misericordia, because Mary extends her mantle in protective mercy over supplicants. This type is believed to have been created in Italy to serve the new religious orders that emerged in the early 13th century.
Narthex, south conch. St. George, detail of horse’s head
Narthex, south conch. St. George, detail of head.
Narthex, south conch. St. Anastasia with devotee Anastasia Saramalina
Narthex, north conch. Archangel Michael and the monk Leontios
His image is one of the most impressive in the narthex. Michael is very widely venerated in the Orthodox world.260 According to the ecclesiastical calendar he is celebrated on 8 November as well as on 1 September and 6 September. In Constantinople there were twenty-four churches dedicated to him, a number of which were connected to imperial patronage.