This icon plaque, the Mother of the World by Franz Ittenbach, comes from the Cloister Collection, Catholic to the Max's exclusive line of wood slab icons.
The image shows Mary crowned as queen of all creation, seated upon a resplendent, jeweled throne. She is holding up the child Jesus, who is holding a globe, representing his absolute power over all the earth. By depicting Christ the King as a child, and Mary as the queen and his mother, Ittenbach is also pointing to Mary's motherhood over all the earth.
The artist, Franz Ittenbach (1813-1879) was a German painter from the Nazarene tradition. The Nazarenes were a group of painters that were known for their piety, modesty of dress, and commitment to making sincere, and morally beneficial religious art.
Step into the past and experience ancient beauty with Cloister Collection icons. Fashioned in Steubenville, Ohio by a dedicated team of Catholic woodworkers and graphic restoration artists, these large, weighty icons have a medieval, weathered look produced through a complex process of machining and digital printing. Feed your soul and others' with these rich depictions from the history of the Catholic Church.
The image size is 8x12 and including the plaque it is is 9" wide by 13" tall with an round top, 1-1/2" deep and is 1.66lbs.
The icon is heavy and feels rich with authenticity and character; it can propped up, laid on an altar, or wall-hung from the sturdy d-ring on back.
( HWPA-4145 )