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Pelagonitissa painting formerly in Zrze Monastery

The Pelagonitissa (also known as "The Virgin with the Playing Child") is a type of depiction of the Virgin Mary (often in icons) in which the Virgin holds an infant Jesus in an abrupt movement, his head back and grabbing onto her.[1]

Pelagonitissa was developed in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries in the Byzantine Empire, particularly in Macedonia. The name Pelagonitissa refers to the city of Bitola, previously known as Pelagonia.[1]

Pelagonitissa painting in the Church of St. George, Staro Nagoričane

Pelagonitissa is often seen as a variant of the Eleusa icon in which the infant Jesus rests.[1] One of the best-known examples is in the Church of St. George, Staro Nagoričane, restored by the Serbian king Milutin in the 13th century.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c Tradigo, Alfredo (2004). Icons And Saints of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Getty Publications. p. 180. 
  2. ^ Pentcheva, Bissera V. (2006). Icons And Power: The Mother of God in Byzantium. p. 97. ISBN 0271025514. 

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