Icon of the Mother of God “the Three Joys”

The Vilensk-Ostrobramsk Icon “The Three Joys” is possibly of western origin, since it depicts the Mother of God, Christ, and St Joseph together. Normally, St Joseph is not depicted in close proximity with the Virgin and Child, since he was not Christ’s earthly father. In the icon of the Nativity, for example, St Joseph is not part of the scene within the cave.