This miraculous “Umilenie” icon of the Mother of God, “the sweet kisser”, is celebrated on March 19, along with two other depictions with the same name. According to legend, the first icon appeared in 1103 and is located in Smolensk, the second called Umilenie-Lyubjatowskaja, is located in the Pskovo-Pechersky Lavra in Pskov.
The prototype of the Russian Umilenie icon is called “Eleusa” or “Glykophilusa” in art history. On this icon, the child turns to the mother to gently nestle his cheek against hers. Eleusa is an honorary title of the Mother of God that can be verified in Byzantium since the 11th century.