«Έχει ο Θεός. .....Εκεί που απελπίζεσαι, σου στέλνει κάτι που δεν το περιμένεις.........αρκεί να Τον πιστεύεις και να Τον αγαπάς. Όπως και Εκείνος μας αγαπά και φροντίζει για εμάς, όπως ο κάθε πατέρας για τα παιδιά του. Και όλοι μας είμαστε παιδιά Του Θεού. Και ό,τι καλό έχουμε, το έχουμε από Τον Θεό. Είναι δικό Του το δώρο. (Αγίου Πορφυρίου ιερομονάχου)
33.1 x 19.4 in 84 x 45.5 cm Encaustic painting on Wood Mid-6th century St. Catherine's Monastery, Sinai
famous ikon of the Savior was a gift of the Emperor Justinian to the
Monastery in the 6th century. The Emperor gave the funds for the
building and embelishment of the Monastery church which was constructed
of local materials. It is most likely that the Emperor commissioned
this ikon in Constantinople to be sent and his personal contribution to
the decoration of the sanctuary.
The ikon is painted in a hot wax
technique that requires total mastery of the media and a sure hand.
Spatulas are used to manipuate the colored waxes which fuse as they
cool. Encaustic painting was used across the Roman world and many examples have survived from burials in Roman-era Egypt.
The Savior is dressed in dark blue and purple robes which contrast with
the gold and jewelled Gospels he holds in his left hand and arm. He
gently raises His hand in blessing. The face is very pale - almost
bloodless - radiating light from within. Christ's features are austere
Many ancient and late antique portraits show
asymmetrical eyes to create an illusion of depth. This is not the
primary reason for the difference in the right and left eyes of Christ.
Damage to the left eye (corrected in this image) accentuated the lack
of symmetry in the eyes, which was unintentional and probably due to the
rapid nature of painting with waxes. It was difficult to correct
mistakes or errors after a painting had been completed.