Sacred Iconography

The word “icon” has its roots in the Greek εἰκών, which means image, figure, or representation. For sacred icons, this goes beyond a simple picture. An icon of Christ, the Blessed Mother, or the saints draws in the gaze of the viewer, moving the person beyond the artwork into prayer and contemplation of the Divine.

The creation of a sacred icon is a process which has been passed down through the centuries. As prayer offered through images, they are said to be written rather than painted. The iconographer is guided by strict theological, aesthetic, and liturgical rules to produce an icon rich in symbolism and eternal truth. It is a method involving prayer, meditation, fasting, and study. The iconographer seeks to bridge the material and spiritual realms, using techniques of abstraction and conscious distortion in order to make visible what is normally regarded as invisible and beyond our understanding. The Fourth Council of Constantinople declared, “What the Gospel proclaims to us by words, the icon also proclaims and renders present for us by color.”

Each icon is a unique work of art and prayer. It is written on a birch wood panel which has been prepared with layers of gesso and linen. The images are hand painted in acrylic gouache, and gold leaf is applied and hand tooled with close attention to detail. The entire icon is sealed with a protective finish.

To commission a sacred work of art, contact the artist Rebecca Ruppar.

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