Sunday, March 30, 2008
Mother of God of Tenderness
This is the icon I wrote for my granddaughter, Elizabeth, who is being married on April 5, 2008. It is one of the traditional icons that is considered suitable for a wedding gift. It was written in egg tempera using natural pigments and 24 karat gold on a gessoed wood board. The board has a depression in which the icon is written known as a kovcheg or ark. It is the container of the presence of the venerated Mother of God and Child. It has braces in the back to keep it from curving over time. It is 11" x 14". As you can see, I did inscribe a design onto the gold haloes.