Heaven and Earth in The Icon

16 ICON THE FIERY ASCENSION OF ELIJAH THE PROPHET

  This is the third part of my reflections on cosmology.  Part 1: Most of the Time the Earth is Flat.   Part 2: Where is Heaven? ————————————————- One of the main purposes of the icon, in its imitation of…

The Carved Icons of Elena and Sergio Nikolenko

Mandylion.  19.9 x 19.7 x 1.8 cm; beech wood, copal oil varnish,  2011

I was recently made aware of two wonderful Russian carvers named Elena and Sergio Nikolenko.  Their work is quite impressive, using ornament with spectacular precision.  Their stylisation of faces ranges from the more iconic to more realistic features depending on pieces.…

An Inlaid Gospel Cover

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  The idea for this gospel cover began several years ago. I discussed with Jonathan Pageau the possibility of  using his stone carvings as inlaid icons in wooden liturgical pieces. He is able to carve the steatite stone slabs quite…

Where is Heaven?

Moses receives the Law.  Leo Bible. 10th century.

(Having seen the many furious comments made by scientist types to my last article, I thought it might be necessary to slow things down a bit in order to make myself clearer, and so I will speak of sacred art…