Jacobs ladder -Contemporary byzantine two pieces icon with the dream of Jacob- Sacred art and Icon painting


Jacob dreaming as in Genesis 28: 10-19- The Jacob's Ladder has been a theme with many interpretations through the centuries Here I am experimenting with this in a series of two-pieces icons that are exploring the "division" between material and immateral realms

The icon is made from the division of a rectangular wooden board (treated with gesso) in two. The pieces are measuring approx 28cm in height and 14 (widest) -6cm. The board is about 10 mm thick. The background is gilded with copper gold while the rest of the piece is painted with egg tempera. Each piece has a metalic hanger on the back and the can be hanged at the same leve or at a totally different one

Each of our icons is painted by hand according to the rules of the old byzantine art of hagiography or else holy iconography. In this ancient technique we are using the egg tempera on a plastered wooden panel we made our selves. After painting, the icon is varnished  to seal the colors and produce an artwork that will last.

Additionally the icon comes tenderly protected , together with its instructions how to care for it, a little sachet of herbs from our garden in Crete -and our custom icon favors - Ready to be used as a gift