Please wait while we complete your search...
Please wait while we complete your search...
Yale University Press
Accessibility Options
Site search
  • Return to previous
  • Page

The Virgin and Child (Theotokos Hodegetria)

Image details
Description: The Virgin and Child (Theotokos Hodegetria)
Related content: Chapters (1) Images (22)

Select a chapter below to view this image within the text.

Description: Early Christian and Byzantine Art
The integration of Christian imagery and official iconography was a slow and intermittent process. The Emperor and the imperial administration had only to state that he was Vicar of God for the elaborate ritual enacted before the imperial image to be, so to speak, baptized. The imperial portrait, the lauraton, represented the Emperor by proxy and received the same honours, lights, incense, and proskynesis as if the Emperor were there in person. An insult to the lauraton was an …
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.78-101

Note: Some of the images of artworks presented on this platform were not sourced from the original print publication. However, in order to preserve the scholarly record of the print publication, all original image captions and credit lines have been retained on the platform. Learn more about our image policies.

Loading image