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|The Image Not Made by Hands
(The Mandylion, The Holy Face) 12.5 x 12.5 inches
|Read Loretta Hoffmann's icon blog, including her commentary on
several icons shown here, at www.heavenlywindows.blogspot.com
|ABOVE; ICONS BY LORETTA HOFFMANN 2009
The Holy Trinity; The Virgin Oranta; The Holy Face
13 x 17 inches; 11-1/2 x 13 inches; 11 x 14 inches
BELOW; ICONS BY LORETTA HOFFMANN 2010
Descent from the Cross; Mary at the Fountain (The Annunciation at the Well)
13 x 17 inches; 11 x 14 inches
Loretta Hoffmann writes: Mary at the Fountain is considered an Annunciation icon (sometimes the fountain is
a well), representing the visit of Archangel Gabriel to Mary outside the Temple in which she was said to reside,
according to the Infancy Gospel of James. This is considered the first angelic greeting to Mary regarding her
future, followed by the version with which most of us are familiar from Luke 1:28-38, where she responded,
"Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word."
A note from Betsy Porter: This icon is full of visual references to Mary's purity, fertility, and femininity:
the closed tower, the overflowing well, the leafy tree and nesting bird.