ANDREAS RITZOS 1421 Iraklio/Crete – 1492 (circle of) BEDEUTENDE MONUMENTALE IKONE MIT DER GOTTESMUTTER ‘KARDIOTISSA’ AN IMPORTANT AND MONUMENTAL ICON SHOWING THE MOTHER OF GOD ‘KARDIOTISSA’ Griechenland, Kreta, Ende 15. Jh. Greek, Cretan, late 15th century Eitempera auf Kreidegrund auf Holz, Goldgrund, Nimben ornamental punziert. 73,5 x 59 cm. Tempera on wood panel. The Mother of God depicted half-length, with elongated, noble features, tenderly holding the Child with both her hands. Christ touching his cheek to the face of his Mother, holding the hem of her maphorion in a playful manner. The punched haloes decorated with scrolls, against a brilliant gold. Prtially restored. 73.5 x 59 cm. Andreas Ritzos was born in Iraklio on the island of Crete as the son of a goldsmith. He is considered the greatest Cretan painter of the second half of the 15th century. His works, like those of the painter Angelos, were models for the following generations of icon-painters. Ritzos orientated himself on the Byzantine style, but in some works he also let the Italian painting style of the 14th century flow in. He is mentioned in documents until 1492. The Cardiotissa type was created in the middle of the 15th century. The best known example is signed by the famous Cretan icon painter Angelos and is now in the Byzantine Museum in Athens. However, the somewhat softer execution of the facial features make this icon more likely to be attributed to the work of Andreas Ritzos and his circle.