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. This icon is going to be in the possession of an interfaith family in Malta (EU).
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 this dualism was the most important problem. Through icons we can see that this relationship should manifest like the relationship between mother and son, so that the perfection of the human being is fulfilled – Vladislav Andrejev.
The icons I recently completed of Our Lady of Longmeadow and Saint Michael have been featured in the galleries at Fine Art America (FAA). The icon of Our Lady of Longmeadow which can now be found at Saint Mary’s Parish Church, Longmeadow, Massachusetts, USA, has been featured in the Christian Art, Christian Theme Artwork, Madonna and Women Painters galleries. The icon of Saint Michael which can now be found at the parish church of San Michele Arcangelo a Pietralata, Rome, Italy, has been featured in the Angel Paintings, Christian Theme Artwork and All FAA Artwork galleries.
The icon of Our Lady of Longmeadow that I just completed. It was written at Clare Priory, Suffolk, UK and in Santa Venera, Malta, in 2014 under the supervision of Fr. Richard G. Cannuli. The story behind this icon can be found here.
Dimensions of the icon were 11″ x 14″. Materials included linen-covered wood with natural gesso, 23.5 kt gold leaf burnished by hand, natural egg tempera in the Russian-Byzantine tradition, varnished with olifa upon completion.
The icon will be blessed and installed in its intended home at Saint Mary’s Parish Church, Longmeadow, MA later next month.
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