Size: 20 x 30 cm
The icons are presented in the traditional Byzantine style, being painted with egg, tempera and gold leaf on specially hand prepared and finished seasoned old wood. In each case there is an expansion piece to prevent normal moisture related expansion and shrinkage damaging the delicate gesso surface.
The Theotokos in Red is superbly painted. It is painted on a special icon base, arguably one of the most beautiful Madonna and child icon ever painted by this inspired icon artist. These icons are as painted in the Hodigitria format where the Ever Virgin Mary is holding Christ and pointing toward Him, as a guide to God and salvation. The image of Theotokos is sensitively pained with great beauty, gentleness, dignity and grandeur and filled with spiritual strength and wisdom.
As the Most Pure Lady is always shown with her head covered with a veil, which drops to her shoulders, according to the tradition of Jewish women of that time. This veil or head covering is usually colored red to show her suffering and her acquired holiness. Under her veil her clothing is blue, symbolizing the humanity of the Theotokos.
There are three golden stars, one on the forehead and one on each shoulder of the Most Holy Theotokos. These stars symbols of her virginity. She was a virgin before, during, and after the nativity of Christ. The three stars are also a symbol of the Holy Trinity Sometimes the third star is covered by the figure of the Christ Child the second person of the Holy Trinity.
All the icons come certificated as genuine hand painted icons that have permission for export. They were presented to the Charity raise funds and assist with the palliative care services at St Margaret’s and we offer then at two hundred and fifty pounds (£250) sterling. Although this may seem a great deal these are exceptional hand painted church quality icons and are not the paper reproductions normally available in the souvenir shops of churches and cathedrals. We are only able to offer them in this way since they were donated by the artist.