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HAPPY NATIVITY - SMILING MOTHER AND INFANT

"The Nativity from Pereiaslav Region (Near Kyiv)" (see details), mid-18th c National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine

This icon, as in other "naive" depictions from Ukraine, illustrates the joy of motherhood with tender smiles of the mother and infant. This stands in contrast to a majority of icons denoting sadness.
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