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Orthodox Icon painted by me, I hope it makes your day a just little brighter

Orthodox Icon painted by me, I hope it makes your day a just little brighter

deadlmaolol

Theirs something so much more personal about hand painted icons. Especially ones as lovely as this!


zograf_Nadia

Thank you so much. I think so as well, every time I paint something I like to think I leave part of me in it.


conrad_w

Well I was just in a thread that basically told people whose faith is wounded by trauma they experienced in church is actually *their fault* So yeah. This made me feel better. Thanks


zograf_Nadia

The pleasure is all mine, I'm so glad it did!


Respect4All_512

Some people need to blame the victim in order to feel safe. It's the "Just World Fallacy." Don't let them get you down.


TreasureMinistries

I dont agree with the Orthodox on everything but I sure do love how they worship God


zograf_Nadia

Agree.


CiderDrinker

Thank you. It is a beautiful icon (I'm Anglican, not Orthodox, but I do appreciate the beauty of Orthodox iconography).


zograf_Nadia

Very glad you like it! Reaching across those artificial boundaries of faith is what gives me real hope and joy for the future.


HrabraSrca

Orthodox Christianity is so beautiful.


zograf_Nadia

It indeed can be :)


SuspiciousPillbox

It is, not can be.


PnHJustBrowsing

I love the colors


zograf_Nadia

Not the typical colors from the Canon so I agree with you, I like the colors of this one very much as well.


Charis_Humin

Thank you very much for sharing! Most Holy Theotokos, save us!


zograf_Nadia

The pleasure is all mine, very glad you like it. May your prayers be heard.


Kitchen_Balance8644

Strangely I love orthodox church. They are just too stright forward. If they don't like something they will shout it out to the world directly and criticise anything which is against the church and scriptures, unlike catholics who are scared mice


Charbel33

You and I clearly don't know the same Catholics, then. xD


E5127

This is wonderful! My dad grew up as an Orthodox Christian and he has icons hung up all around our house.


PioneerMinister

Utterly beautiful! A praise to God through artistic talent and the very materials used themselves.


zograf_Nadia

Thank you, may he be praised.


ngebuthu

Beautiful


zograf_Nadia

Thank you.


Helpless_Indulgent

Really beautiful. Tempura?


zograf_Nadia

Thank you, tempera yes. :)


Vast_Pressure1979

It did🙂


zograf_Nadia

I'm truly glad to hear that! :)


nikostheater

Excellent art. Congratulations. Very beautiful.


zograf_Nadia

Thank you!


Plasmodesmaniac

Oh wow, this is emotionally powerful to me. Wow, awesome work!!!!


zograf_Nadia

This kind of response is the main reason I keep painting. Thank you for your comment.


Battlemania420

It does, thank you.


zograf_Nadia

The pleasure is all mine!


SSJ4Nat

This painting to really beautiful. You have truly been blessed by God with the ability to create an appealing artwork


zograf_Nadia

Thank you so much, I really owe it to God.


SSJ4Nat

Never stop what you're doing, no matter what anyone says. As it says in Luke 21:16-19, **16 Even those closest to you—your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends—will betray you. They will even kill some of you. 17 And everyone will hate you because you are my followers. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish! 19 By standing firm, you will win your souls.**


gordonjames62

so amazingly well done.


AHorribleGoose

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.


zograf_Nadia

The pleasure is all mine.


breastcrud

Very beautiful! I love it.


zograf_Nadia

Thank you so much.


Comrade___Jesus

Fantastic art!


zograf_Nadia

Thank you!


jereman75

I am assuming this is Mary, the mother of Jesus because of the halo. Is there other symbolism of note here?


zograf_Nadia

It is, you are correct. It's kind of an unusual Icon even for Byzantine Christianity, the original this is based on was made in 14 century, the name of the original Icon is "katafigi" which means "sanctuary" in Greek.


Charbel33

I was going to mention the absence of Christ making it unusual, but I didn't want to come off as rude by bringing up unnecessary criticism. Now that you mention it yourself, I feel more inclined to bring it up. I am surprised by the fact that it's not even a novelty, but a quite ancient icon. Do you know a little more about its history? Needless to say, your artwork is very beautiful; you are very talented!


zograf_Nadia

At the point the Icon is depicting, Christ has just been crucified, that is why she is alone. That is also the reason why she is wearing blue (the color is associated with grief in iconography). In the original she is portrayed along side John Evangelist and is said to depict the moment described in the Bible when he says- "Son behold your mother, woman, behold your son!".


Charbel33

Oh I see! Thank you for your answer. :-)


jereman75

It is beautiful.


zograf_Nadia

Thank you!


Charis_Humin

In addition to the words that u/nikostheater mentioned, there is symbolism in the image itself. The Theotokos (Mother of God in Greek) has a double row of gold fringes, this is to indicate her place as Queen, because that's what Byzantine Empresses wore, She also has three stars (though the third star is obscured by the posture) two on her shoulders and one on her head and these signify that she was a virgin before, during, and after the birth of our Lord. Aeiparthenos (Ever-virgin in Greek) is also a common title of the Theotokos in the Orthodox Church.


zograf_Nadia

Thank you, this is very informative and as far as I can tell accurate.


nikostheater

Every saint have a halo in iconography, not only the Theotokos. The ΜΡ ΘΥ monogram identifies the person depicted to be the Theotokos. Η καταφυγή means the refuge.


leafywanderer

This is beautiful! What do you paint on and are there any special types of paint you use?


zograf_Nadia

I paint on aged wood, my materials are egg tempera and gold leaf.


Gammathetagal

Absolutely beautiful. A true work of art.


zograf_Nadia

Thank you, your compliment means a lot!


wormcasting

Stunning, it's beautiful!


zograf_Nadia

Thank you, so glad you like it!


rickjamesdean

Excellent job!


zograf_Nadia

Thank you!


rickjamesdean

Always 🤙


Bebe_Bleau

Beautiful!


zograf_Nadia

Thanks!


neriibunnii

So beautiful! Do you have any other work?


zograf_Nadia

Thank you so much, I'll send you a message.


okazakilover

Lovely! Thank you for sharing this.


zograf_Nadia

The pleasure is all mine.


FlowersnFunds

I love these and will be buying one from your etsy shop in the near future, God-willing.


zograf_Nadia

Thank you, I'm very glad you like them.


public_weirdness

I LOVE IT! It is beautiful!


zograf_Nadia

Thank you so much.


dChef_Curry_30

Jesus loves you


zograf_Nadia

You as well.


Respect4All_512

Very nice! What is it painted on and what kind of paints did you use?


zograf_Nadia

It's painted on aged wood with egg tempera and the decoration is gold leaf.


Respect4All_512

Lovely!


AdmirablePut6039

Beautiful!


zograf_Nadia

Thank you!


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This is so beautiful!


zograf_Nadia

Thank you so much!


Yummymanx

Very impressive painting


zograf_Nadia

Thank you!


External_Stuff9702

Good job


zograf_Nadia

Thanks! :)


0atmilks

Incredible talent


zograf_Nadia

Thank you very much, glad you think so.


johndoesall

That is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing.


EightBitFist

This is stunning!


zograf_Nadia

Thank you! Happy cake day :)


Loccyboi

What is the meaning of an “icon”? Beautiful painting


Charis_Humin

Icon comes from the Greek word εικών (eikón) which means image. Our Lord is the icon of God and the Saints are icons of Christ, so we depict our Lord and the Saints in holy imagery with a very rich and ancient history. The first icon to ever be made was made miraculously by our Lord of his own face, as a gift to King Abgar of Edessa. The person to make icons without using miracles was St. Luke the Evangelist who painted many icons of the Mother of God.


Kitchen_Balance8644

Strangely I love orthodox church. They are just too stright forward. If they don't like something they will shout it out to the world directly and criticise anything which is against the church and scriptures, unlike catholics who are scared mice


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PlebianTheology2021

My dude, you have posted this more than once.


markhamhayes

Idolatry.


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zograf_Nadia

I can't tell for sure, for me touching someone's heart with my work means everything.


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zograf_Nadia

I'm not sure what that is, but I will check it out.