All icons of Christ emphasize His humanity - that God took on flesh and became a human being. If God did not become incarnate, it would not be possible to portray Him in icons.
Examples of particular emphasis on Christ's humanity include the scene within icons of the Nativity which show the midwives bathing the newborn Child, to show that He was truly born of a woman as any other human being is, and did not materialize into the world as some kind of spirit; and the following icon of the Mother of God:Pelagonitissa
A very similar one is known as Vzigranie
(Leaping for joy).
Then there's this one, called Yaroslavskaya
, which is of the Glykofyloussa
(Sweet-kissing) type, which is truly exquisite in showing the love and intimacy between Mother and Child (a very similar one is the Yakhromskaya
Another type, which proclaims the full humanity of Christ, is the Milk-giver
), which shows the Virgin breastfeeding her Child.
This icon reflects the standard Gospel reading for feasts of the Mother of God, which includes Luke 11:27:As He said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him: “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts at which You nursed!”