MY GUEST POST: Discerning icons – Good and bad

In response to my post Icons as Resistance, one of the readers in these Woodlands asked for some guidance as to how - or rather, from where - one can find icons to acquire if one wishes to get a few for the home. In other words, which are good icons to get? And from which should one stay miles away?

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MY GUEST POST: Icons as Resistance

In times past, but not remote, icons were a strong part of the resistance in the Church against the iconoclasm and oppression du jour. They can still be used very effectively in this way. The people would buy an icon (or more) from a master-iconographer or the advanced students in the master's workshop, have it blessed …

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MY GUEST POST: Icons, the Church and the People of God

A thick piece of wood. Clay. Chalk, linen and the skin of rabbits. Colored dirt from various regions of the earth. Duck eggs, vinegar and water. Gold or silver. The very breath of the human person and an agate stone. Fur from the tail of martens or squirrels. Oil of the flax plant. That, ladies …

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Drawing for the Woman Clothed With the Sun

Here is the basic drawing of a new icon that I am presently working on, of Our Lady as the Woman Clothed With the Sun (Gn 3:15 / Rv 12:1). Saint Michael can be seen blowing the trumpet of the apocalypse in the top right corner. Size of the panel icon is 12" x 16."

On holy icons in the Western Church

On the Western side of the Church, Benedict XVI (2000, The Spirit of the Liturgy) has emphasized five fundamental principles regarding both the need and the function of images in the universal Church, particularly holy icons. These principles are that: Icons are, “Images of beauty, in which the mystery of the invisible God becomes visible, …

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Icon of the Woman Clothed With the Sun featured

The panel icon of the Woman Clothed With the Sun (Rv 12:1) that I recently completed has just been featured in the Christian Theme Artwork, Catholic Art, and International Women Artists galleries at Fine Art America. This icon is now in the possession of an interfaith family in Malta.

For those who consider icons of God the Father verboten

Source: The Icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father: Apologia and Canon - Chapter 3 - Critical Review As previously shown, icons of God the Father were originally depicted based on the prophetic theophanies of Daniel (7:9-15), Ezekiel (1:26-28, 8:1-5), Isaiah (6:1-5), and Moses (Ex 24:9-11, Nb 12:6-8). Such icons were both symbolic as well as …

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New icon of God the Father – In progress

Underpainting and roskrysh #1 for new, Catholic panel icon of God the Father. Dimensions: 20cm x 30cm, 23.5kt gold leaf.

Icon of the Woman Clothed With the Sun

Above is the panel icon of the Woman Clothed With the Sun (Rv 12:1) which I have just finished. Dimensions: 26cm x 26cm. Natural pigments with egg tempera and 23.5kt gold leaf on linen-covered wood with traditional gesso. After it dries, it will be varnished with olifa then taken to the church to be blessed. …

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Icon drawing of the Virgin of Tenderness

Drawing of another icon I am working on, this time of the Virgin of Tenderness (Eleusa).

Icon drawing of Christ with Joseph the Patriarch

Here is the basic drawing of another icon that I am presently working on. It is a panel icon of Jesus Christ with Joseph, the Patriarch of the Old Testament.

Icon drawing of God the Father

This is the basic drawing of another icon that I am working on. It shows God our Almighty Father on His throne. And before anyone starts yelling that such an icon is heretical, such icons are allowed in the Catholic Church. Moreover, neither does the Orthodox Church forbid them, although many think they do. If …

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On icons of the Theotokos

Iconography of the Theotokos has a private significance for each human being because it symbolizes his materiality, physicality, and the relation of this matter to the spirit within the person. Through icons of the Theotokos we can observe sublimation and exhalation of this relationship between matter and spirit. In the pagan world, the conflict of …

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The Woman Clothed With The Sun – 1

Just completed second layer of roskrysh for the icon of The Woman Clothed With The Sun (Rv 12:1) - in progress.

The icon of Saint Martial

The icon of Saint Martial has just been completed. It was named on the feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Martial was an orphan boy who was adopted by Saint Peter after the intercession of the Virgin Mary with Her Son, Jesus Christ. Martial died in Rome as a martyr as a …

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