The Flight to Egypt Contemporary Icon depicts Matthew 2:13-23 – a scene which we in our “modern” world know all too well: a family flees from danger, violence, and political persecution. Jesus the Messiah and Savior of the world had only just been born into this world of greed and violence, a world which reaches out to destroy him. And so the Holy Family must take flight. The Flight to Egypt Contemporary Icon measures 3.5 x 5 inches. It features a hook on the back for easy hanging or is just as stunning displayed on a stand. It is an heirloom-quality gift that will be admired and treasured for many generations to come. This religious gift is wonderful for all momentous celebrations and is a favorite piece to gift oneself!
A Reverse Oil Painting on Glass
Reverse oil painting on glass – an art technique through which the artist paints a painting on the reverse side of a glass surface. Reverse paintings are extremely challenging to do well since – in painting a face, for example – the artist must first paint the pupil of an eye on the glass before painting the iris. This is exactly the opposite of how one normally paints a painting. The artist will not be able to go back and change or correct anything done earlier since the surface between the glass and the paint already applied is no longer accessible at all. An artist in Poland who specializes in religious art painted this and many other reverse oil paintings on glass. The elderly mother of the artist enclosed each of these beautiful paintings in a handmade frame with a leather back. Every icon is unique in detail, color and depiction. To see other reverse oil paintings by the same artist, click here.
Holy Family – Refugee Family
The Flight to Egypt Contemporary Icon recalls a dramatic story from the Bible – a story which is also the story of so very, very many families in our own day and age worldwide: 15 million people have fled their homes. Another 33.5 million now live as “internally displaced” within their own homelands, forced to live in makeshift, unsanitary camps. More and more countries are creating barriers everyday so that they can take in as few refugees as possible. Every year, eight million more refugees are to the 48.5 million worldwide. But only less than 1% of those who seek asylum will be resettled each year. The average length of time refugees are living displaced from their homes has now reached a staggering 17 years. The Flight to Egypt Contemporary Icon reminds us that the Holy Family was once itself a refugee family, just as millions of families still are today.