By Dan Humphries
As a companion piece to “The Confusolution of Tongues,” Dan created an icon of the Mother of God (in Greek, Θεοτόκος/Theotokos literally “God-bearer”) holding her Son, the Savior of the world. Since the Tower is ultimately a monument to the Holy Spirit, Dan thought it fitting to include Mary, who, in addition to being Christ’s mother, is the spouse of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1: 31-35, 38; Genesis 2: 24).
The style depicted in this icon is referred to as “Tender Mercy” or “The Virgin of Tenderness” (in Greek, Ἐλεούσα/Eleusa) in the Byzantine (Greek Orthodox) tradition. In this type, the Mother of God holds her Son closely and lovingly, symbolizing the unbreakable relationship between the two.