The Virgin Receiving the Purple and Cochineal

Unknown11 th c.

St. Sophia of Kyiv

St. Sophia of Kyiv

This composition is a continuation of the theme of Mary’s staying at the Temple in Jerusalem. Mary was chosen to make a veil of cochineal for the Temple in Jerusalem. The moment of presentation of this precious material to Mary is embodied in the fresco composition. The priest with long grey hair and beard gives cochineal to Mary. He is depicted against the background of canopy. Mary reaches forth her arms and takes this gift. The presence of a group of people behind Mary’s figure emphasizes the significance of the event.

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  • Title: The Virgin Receiving the Purple and Cochineal
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 11 th c.
  • Type: monumental painting,fresco