Annunciation Virgin Mary and Gabriel diptych- inspired by medieval art catalan- romanesque painting egg tempera on woodG


A diptych of the The Announciation  to the Blessed Virgin Mary inspired by the altar front of Avià found in the Museu National d'art de Catalunya in Barcelona and executed  with tempera in a small diptych panel conered with gesso.

I find Romanesque painting artistically. exciting The figures are very expressive and so are the colors. The painting immediately captures the eye of the viewer and communicates the message.

Moreover, the icon of annunciation always brings in my mind the other verses of Luke 1 "...37 For with God nothing shall be impossible. 38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word."- that is another reason why I will never stop making this icon.

The painting was made with egg tempera in a gessoed diptych surface with size: 4" x 2.5" (10cm x 7 cm).

The technique used, was the one of byzantine iconography where pigment (mineral) powders are mixed with egg and vinegar and then they are applied layer upon layer to create the holy icon. After that shellac and varnish are added to "seal" the colors and create an artifact that will last.

Medieval art Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Holy Mother and Archangel Gabriel Diptych in wood -