Theotokos depicts motion and harmony in an abstract figure. Firstly, Virtosu uses curvy lines to portray fluidity. The curved lines are often used to convey impressions of motion. The figure has several smooth curves at the edges and inner parts, which strongly suggests the presence of life. Secondly, it appears like it is moving towards the upper side of the painting, which creates a sense of unity in the painting. At the bottom left corner, the figure has what seems like a fish tail, which makes the viewer conclude that it is the rear end. Therefore, the figure is moving towards a particular direction. Moreover, the background white color has evident brushwork moving in one direction, horizontally, which bolsters the unity in the visual motion. Overall, the depiction of harmony and motion implies life, which points to the underlying inspiration and meaning Virtosu intended to portray.
To understand the painter’s inspiration and the purpose of the painting, the viewer should first grasp the key concepts in the artwork. The term ‘Theotokos’ reveals Virtosu’s motivation; it is a Greek word used to refer to Mary, the mother of Jesus. It literary translates to the bearer of God, and, in this case it implies Jesus. In the art, the central figure is enclosed in a frame-like surrounding on the edges of the piece. The enclosure depicts Mary’s womb that bore Jesus. Also, the motion indicates that there is life in Mary’s womb. Moreover, Theotokos has a white background, a color that represents goodness and purity. Thus, the figure connotes a pure soul, which is Jesus, in his mother’s womb. Therefore, the piece has a strong religious link.