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Seeking Shelter

Swept up in this mass migration was the late-13th-century mosaic icon of the Virgin Episkepsis currently on view at the Getty Villa as part of Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections. Protected by members of a displaced community, the icon moved from Trigleia, an important coastal village in the province of Bithynia, to mainland Greece, finding a permanent home in Athens at the Byzantine and Christian Museum in 1925 as part of its “Refugee Heirlooms Collection.”

Maria G. Psara, a fourth-year student at UCLA, discusses the history of the Mosaic Icon with the Virgin and Child (Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens, inv. no 990) in her blog post, Seeking Shelter: A Story of Greek Refugees and the Virgin Episkepsis, part of the Getty’s Blogging Greece’s Byzantium series. 


Virgin Episkepsis
Mosaic Icon with the Virgin and Child. Image courtesy of the Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens (inv. no 990) via The Getty iris


Posted on May 16, 2014 in Publications

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