Miracle of St Michael at Chonae -Contemporary icon of the Archangel in two pieces icon of the Angel Sacred art and iconography


A Miracle that occured in the shrine of St Michale at Chonae, Asia Minor. The icon is made in two pieces, separated by the river and the representation depicts the original scene is some how "deconstructed: parallel lines for the river, triangle for the mountain, square for the shrine. The Figures of Archangel Michael and Archippos are painted in the traditional manner. I was experimenting with the idea of the lines needed to originally tell a story. I thing they still do.

The icon is made from the division of a rectangular wooden board (treated with gesso) in two. The pieces are measuring approx 28 cm in height and 16 (widest) -6cm. The board is about 10 mm thick. The halo and the wings of the Archangel are 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 in fabric, 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