Hagia Kyriaki (First half of the 13th century), Church of Hagios Athanasios in Elaionas, Megara, 1,60x0,62 m.

Hagia Kyriaki, Elaionas, Megara

Area: Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens
Date: 1st half of the 13th century

The representation has been removed from the intrados of an arch. Hagia Kyriaki is depicted on a dark blue ground standing frontally in official posture. Her hands are raised until the shoulders and her palms are facing externally in supplication. She bears a brown-red halo surrounded by a thin white line. She wears aristocratic embroidered garments. She wears an off-white shirt only discerned in the small opening of the throat and a long red dress with gold-embroidered sleeves. A luxurious, long golden cloak with a dark red coating falls in front of the chest till the waist and it is decorated with western patterns, the so-called French lily flowers. The well-done brown hair is held low in the neck. On her head she bears a peculiar headgear. Stylistically the representation of Hagia Kiriaki with the youthful features and her garment decorated with pearls preserves valuable elements of a realistic character. Moreover, it reveals a western influence, while it is associated with the local workshops of painters in Attica, who worked in the area during the 13th century.