The icon of the Nativity of the Thetokos
The Mother of God was born without original sin, of a man, Joachim and his barren wife Anna.
The icon resembles the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ which Mary’s birth prepares the way for. Anna is reclining in a bed, in a similar way to how Mary herself reclines in icons of Christ’s Nativity. The infant Mary is below Anna. Saint Joachim, Mary’s father, is in the foreground. Anna is surrounded by attendants who have assisted with the birth and is being bathed and attended by midwives.