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Joan’s icons offer a few surprises for parishioners of St. James. Father Ryan appears in a number of them. Joan credits Father Ryan’s support and enthusiasm for encouraging her to continue writing icons. In Brand-Landkamer’s icons, Father Ryan stands beside Thomas at the Resurrection, or sits among the apostles in the Pentecost icon. He is Constantine in the Exaltation of the Cross, with his real-life mother next to him. A white orchid corsage also appears in several icons, a Mother’s Day gift to Joan from her son. People and things she loves and is moved by make their way into her creative process. Other parishioners and family members appear as well, such as a sweetly smiling portrait of Archbishop Murphy. Joan hopes these images may one day serve history as records of St. James Cathedral and its community at the turn of the twenty-first century.The lettering in her icons are all in the Cyrillic alphabet. Though English is sometimes used on icons in English-speaking countries, Joan prefers the mystery of the old language. She also insists on working with the very best ingredients, egg tempera and 24k gold on panels of cherry wood her son cuts for her.
Dear God, please force me to salvation and together with me as many people as possible.
This looks like a bad photoshopping job of the Exaltation of the Cross icon. I know that's what it's supposed to be, but the photorealistic heads and wierd poses make it look like a bad shop.Honestly, how disrespectful of a tradition can you be... Do they think this somehow honors the Russian iconographic tradition? Should we do a mock sistine chapel with a bobblehead version of St. Mark of Ephesus in it?
And FWIW, these are our Fathers too, you know.
I can't imagine this being OK in the Orthodox church. Why is it OK in the Catholic church?
Well cut them some slack, they've been out of practice since Cimabue
I know this has been moved to a place where debate can take place. But I honestly would like to know why/how this sort of thing is OK in the Catholic church. I don't know a great deal about art in the Catholic church. Is it taken as a given that the artist will personalize/change sacred art as they see fit? Is the subject in general more important than the content and methodology? If there are any Catholic posters that would like to weigh in I would appreciate it.
Do Byzantine icons ever depict patrons?
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