Creating an Icon of a Modern Saint

5 02 2011

With the announcement of the beatification of John Paul II someone sent to me this icon of him in which Christ presents the world to him. Painting an icon of a well known figure raises a number of considerations for an artist. How should an icon painter represent a likeness, especially when the person is someone whose face is so commonly recognized from photography, which doesn’t conform to the iconographic form?

When painting someone for whom there is already an established prototype in the tradition, such as Christ or the Apostles, the artist relies on that. Read the rest of this entry »