A Theotokos Based on a Mosaic from the Ancient Hagia Sophia Church.
For the icon featured here, I did not complete it as a mosaic, using tiles, but rather as a panel painting using egg tempera medium and adjustments to the image necessarily happened. Additionally, I painted on a traditional layer of rabbit glue and clay called clay bole. After that the surface was finely sanded and burnished in preparation to receive the gold leaf by lightly moistening the dry clay bole surface.
It is Mid-October and I'm preparing to wrap this one up and ship it to the new owner. All it needs is the halo ringing (triform halo for Jesus), Greek inscriptions and the traditional red border along the exterior.
"...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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