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Monday, 26 May 2014

Archangel Michael and the Unicorn Icon

Archangel Michael and the Unicorn  - Painting number 76


Oil Painting on Canvas 39x49 centimetres.

So what's this Icon?
It's Saint Michael with peacock wings riding a unicorn, fighting a globe holding dragon. 

What's the meaning behind it?
Icons are filled with stylised imagery of symbolic meaning. A gesture of a hand, a feather, a bird, all aspects of an icon have thoughtfully considered meaning. An icon is not meant to be painted, it is meant to be written.

"Catholics can't write Icons".
Yep, I,  being born Roman Catholic, obviously have not adhered to the strict writings of Russian orthodox iconographers. I have adhered to the rule that you must start with Archangel Michael before all others, I even created my own feather paintbrushes from scratch but in the end, I found that I was simply unable to stick to the strict writing rules.
So for all those who say "Catholics can't write Icons" I would have to say, well... 
I'm proof of that. 
I just couldn't stop myself from adding a little new renaissance beauty.

In regards to painting's meaning, the unicorn is the national emblem of Scotland the rest you'll just have to figure out for yourself : )

Love
Elena xxX


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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

This has a beautiful
flow of movment.

Archangelsfans said...

oh my gosh i love your painting drawing is so beautiful. O.O ^_^ Michael, you really, really beautiful, stunning, gorgeous he is so handsome. now I wanted to date him.