A friend kindly alerted me to an Orthodox Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos,"The Unburnt Bush" (1680).
According to one source the oldest known image is located at St Catherine's Monastery on the Sinai peninsula in the Chapel of the Burning Bush.
This icon depicts "the Mother of God seated within the Burning Bush and holding her Son, with Moses worshiping barefooted at the left". There are variations on this prototype in Eastern Churches.
In the West, new and creative expressions were encouraged like Our Lady of the "Belle Verriere" window. The brilliant red surrounding the Seat of Wisdom is Burning Bush imagery.
"The Burning Bush" by Nicolas Froment (1476) we find another interpretation. Here the flames appear "tamed". They do not "consume" the lush foliage (in this case a rose bush) surrounding the Mother and Child.
The list of creative depictions seems endless.
The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin as depicted in my painting above, was inspired by one of the early 20th century windows located in the dome at St Josaphat Basilica. You can clearly see how the artist alludes to the burning bush. To view more,scroll down to the bottom of this page here.
Decani Church burning bush symbolism
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