The Manger Nativity Contemporary Icon depicts the Holy Family on Christmas morning almost like a “family portrait”. Measuring 5 inches high and 3.5 inches wide, the Manger Nativity Contemporary Icon is a reverse oil on glass painting that can be hung with ease on any wall. This is a gift which celebrates family – just as all of us do when we gather with our families each and every Christmas. This will be an heirloom gift that will passed down for many generations to come!
A Reverse Oil Painting on Glass
Reverse oil painting on glass is a technique by which an artist paints a picture on the reverse side of a glass surface. Realistic reverse paintings are extremely challenging to accomplish successfully since the artist, in painting a face for example, must first paint the pupil of an eye on the glass before painting the iris. This is precisely the opposite of the way a painting is normally done. The artist will unable to correct any earlier mistakes since the surface between the glass and the painted area is no longer accessible. A Polish artist painted the Manger Nativity Contemporary Icon as well as many other reverse oil on glass paintings. Each of these exquisite paintings is enclosed in a handmade frame backed with leather – all done by the artist’s elderly mother. To see other reverse oil paintings by the same artist, click here.
The Holy Family Inspires Every Family to be Holy
The serenity radiating in this depiction of the Holy Family on Christmas is fleeting. The Holy Family will soon be on the run as refugees fleeing their homeland to save their baby boy, Jesus, the newborn Messiah. Eventually they will return to the humdrum monotony of everyday life in Nazareth. While our own families may (hopefully) never need to flee our homes in fear of our lives, this does not mean that our own families lack for stress, tension, and drama! We too are called in the midst of our personal and familial struggles, stresses, and challenges to become holy, to become members of God’s holy family.