I’m not sure what the exact history of the icon is, I’ve looked it up but haven’t found much. If anyone knows, I’d love for you to share it with us.
What I do know about it is that Christ has his head turned towards the angels because they are telling him of his future Crucifixion. This is why one angel is holding a cross and the other holds a spear and a reed with a sponge on the end. Also, if you look closely, you will notice that one of the Lord’s sandals is hanging off of his foot, and this is because upon learning of his fate, he quickly ran into His Mother’s arms for protection.
This is yet another reminder of how Christ’s life was not the life of a typical child. He was only concerned with the things of God. How else could a child this age possibly understand something like His own Crucifixion?
GLORY TO GOD!!