Unformatted text preview: These "secondary" considerations are important to creating mood and atmosphere, but are perhaps subordinate to the expressions of Mary and baby Jesus. The Virgin's face reflects a calm and determined spirit, while the baby is active and eager to begin his work on the earth. One could even say that Jesus' arms here are welcoming, ready to embrace the world with both His love and His peace. This is distinctly different from the more "placid" baby Jesus typical of icons. His eyes are even bright and seem to be intelligent; Vasnetsov has expressed this both through their size and intensity. Mary's eyes are also large and intense, but this was achieved more in the old style of icon painting. Large, dark, and almond shaped, Mary's eyes are perhaps one of the most "mystical" aspects of the painting....
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- Fall '10
- Andrei Rublev, baby Jesus, Eastern Orthodox icons