Dr. Stéphane René, is one of the more prominent Coptic iconographers today. His style intrigued me because of its underlying simplicity and I immediately wanted to copy his work. I researched more and found an interesting interview detailing Renee's life and work.
I copied two of Renés icon prototypes making minor changes to colors and features : The "Stella Maris" or "Star of the Sea" and "The Enclosed Garden". At the left, the icons are shown in progress and below they are completed.
The Stella Maris has 23KT gold background.
and halos, the Enclosed Garden has 23KT gold halos.
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About the Stella Maris icon
"The Apostleship of the Sea commissioned in 2004 an image of Our Lady Stella Maris, Star of the Sea, to front their organization’s work with the seafaring communities around the world. The icon is currently on a world tour of churches dedicated to Stella Maris. In May 2006, the icon was blessed by Pope Benedict XVI in St Peter’s Square, Rome.
The Neo-Coptic style is the only contemporary style in sacred iconography. Its hierarchic uncluttered designs are based on pure geometry and a rich symbolic vocabulary which speaks an universal visual language." link.
the Star is a Beacon of Hope
ONLINE News article in 2005:
Cardinal Stephen Fumio Hamao, president of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers,
"whose council coordinates the Apostleship of the Sea at an international level, said in his homily that there is a good reason for identifying seafarers with the Stella Maris.
All those who know a little about the history of navigation know how important the star is for a navigator," he said.
"The star is the beacon that gives the right direction and allows the ship to continue on its route and reach port safely; and also in our lives Mary is the star that guides us, protects us and intervenes in our favor," the cardinal said.
Cardinal Hamao continued: "All over the world, seafarers and fishermen have a special devotion to Our Lady Star of the Sea as they daily confront the dangers of the sea and confide in her protection."
"In his address to the delegates, Cardinal Hamao also spoke about Pope Benedict XVI's concern for itinerant workers such as seafarers.
Remembering the day of the new Pope's election, Cardinal Hamao said that when he approached the Holy Father to pledge his obedience, Benedict XVI said: "We shall work together for the people on the move!"
The cardinal said: "To me it was a great joy as I felt it was a great encouragement for all those who have left their houses, family and country to know that they have a place in the heart and prayers of the Holy Father, and of the Church." zenit
The Coptic Lands
In December of 2013, visiting Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak traveled to Rome. While there, the Pope encouraged the Coptic community to “Be strong; do not fear!...These are the words of consolation that find confirmation in fraternal solidarity. I am grateful to God for this encounter, which gives me a way of reinforcing your – and our – hope, which is one and the same.”
The Patriarch, in his speech reflected that “In the time that we prepare to celebrate the incarnation of the Word, we cannot but recall the historical bond between my land and this mystery, from the moment in which the first place to welcome the Holy Family in flight from Herod's persecutions was none other than Egypt...This corner of land between the desert and the Nile has known, and still knows, the painful drama experienced by many people who wish to be listened to and received... Part One link.
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