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Virgin and Child

ca. 1940 John W. Perates Born: Amphiklia, Greece 1895 Died: Portland, Maine 1970 carved, painted and stained wood 29 1/4 x 20 3/8 x 3 1/2 in. (74.3 x 51.8 x 8.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1996.26.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 26B


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John Perates based his work on Byzantine images of saints. In this piece he applied limited color, accenting only the halos and the Virgin’s crown to emphasize the holiness of the mother and child. Following Greek tradition, the eyes of the figures are open so that they can see the vision of Christ, while the mouths are clamped tightly shut since it is more important to listen than to speak. Sixteen angels watch over the Virgin and child from the frame to show how God protects all of his children.

Keywords

Miscellaneous - decorative motif

Religion - angel

Religion - New Testament - Christ

Religion - New Testament - Mary

sculpture

folk art

wood

About John W. Perates

Born: Amphiklia, Greece 1895 Died: Portland, Maine 1970

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