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Painting all angels- Theory behind Sinaxis (assembly) of the 9 orders icon

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The icon depicts the moment where Satan, Lucifer, fell away from God (and drew a part of the angels with him to destruction). At this moment Archangel Michael stood up and cried out before the faithful angels:

Making a painting study of Sinai Pantocrator- working hypothesis

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A (very challenging, yet very satisfactory) study of an icon,  the very first image of the type "Pantocrator" (All might God) - painted around 6th century AD.
 
I approached the icon as a "bridge" piece between ancient (roman-hellenistic) and byzantine art- and I leaned towards the ancient - That led me to:
 
- Use as less colors as possible- Ancient Greek painters were famous for creating their works using four - I limited to my 10-12 color palette to 6- Imitate theuse of Golden highlights in the stars, clavus, gospel and halo)
 
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Byzantine expressionism

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Byzantine painting , an art form that  was expressionism centuries (maybe a milennium) before expressionism /symbolism or surrealism ever even existed. Some of the characteristic elements of this painting "genre" that point towards this direction are:

-The main figure/ feature Enlightened being -The saint, the Saviour or the Holy Mother) is bigger that anything else in the icon.