Thank you for viewing. I receive requests for East and West style icons.
Well Known This is the first icon commission that I've received where the saint, Pope John Paul II, is immediately recognized through an extensive photographic record. And that poses a particular challenge because any icon would necessarily need to have a resemblance although it need not be in the style of precise photo realism.
As well, the icon depicts all figures in their transformed and transfigured state, in other words, icons show how the saint appears in heaven and not on earth. It's up to the individual iconographer to determine how that will best be accomplished and to what extent- especially for Western icons where there's more lenience in this regard.
Legacy Pope John Paul II lived a long life under the scrutiny of the public eye and he accomplished much.
In 1981, he explained that "Right from the beginning of my ministry in St. Peter’s See in Rome, I consider this message [of Divine Mercy] my special task. Providence has assigned it to me in the present situation of man, the Church and the world. It could be said that precisely this situation assigned that message to me as my task before God."
"...whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things." St Paul
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