The eleusa (tenderness) genre of icons has Christ embracing His Mother tenderly in a gesture of love. Her hand points to her Son in a gesture of humility and deference to Him as God.
This icon's bold, red background is stunning and must be seen in-person to be fully appreciated. This color, like the gold, represents holiness. This icon is available as part of a set, together with a matching icon of Christ. Click here to learn more.