Saw this on Tumblr. I really like it for some reason, but is it schlock?
This image is an attempt to express the most-used kontakion to the Mother of God, To the Champion Leader
(Ti Ypermakho Statigho/Vzbrannoy Voyevodye
). The secondary inscription reads: стой за Христа до мученического креста, an exhortation to martyrdom.
This image is problematic on a number of levels, including the attire of the Mother of God. Replacing her blue tunic and red maphorion with a warrior's helmet and chainmail removes a central representation of her humanity (blue) being graced by Divinity (red), which represents the mystery of the Incarnation. She is also holding a martyr's cross, which is also at odds with what we know of her earthly life, and what the Church proclaims in hymns and prayers to her.
This image is one of various "innovative" images painted between the 17th and 20th centuries, which, at best, are misguided in their theology, at worst, are little more than expressions of nationalism/imperialism.