Virgin of Vladimir

Natasha with dowry, daffodils

Although I think Animal was taking the piss with their Internet Slavs: A Profile Pic Extravaganza, there was something about the above picture that I thought was really beautiful. The girl is staged amid her stuff, framed by flowers at her foot and aura of the TV screen behind her. Wearing the Madonna's red veil and blank stare, she looks like an icon, but with no child. A virgin with empty arms. Reaching I know, but it stood out to me--a profile pic for the Virgin of Vladimir.  Okay, enough digression...

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