Panagia Asinou HotSpot Images

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Virgin of Mercy

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.
Horse Details

Narthex, south conch. St. George, detail of horse’s head

AsinouHorse Look at this amazing detail where the eye cavity of the horse is painted with dark green shadow lines and black lines. The pupils of the eyes have been gouged out, but you can see that the irises are bright blue. The tongue of the horse is bright red.

Narthex, south conch. St. George, detail of head.

Asinou_TXT_ALL_pdf__page_112_of_448_ Described as "the crowned martyr", George is portrayed with gold, silver, cinnabar, and lapis lazuli. Can you see the details of his eyes and his face? Does he look like a martyr or as a determined young man?

Narthex, south conch. St. Anastasia with devotee Anastasia Saramalina

Anastasia’s appeal did not lie in her healing powers alone.On the basis of her name -resurrection—she was linked to the resurrection of Christ.
Archangel Michael

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.