The Saint Dominic of Guzman Contemporary Icon is a reverse oil painting on glass which beautifully depicts and honors the founder of the Dominican religious order and the patron saint of astronomers. This is an excellent gift for everyone named Dominic (or any variation of this name), on their patron saint’s feast day (August 4th), on Christmas morning (a great “Christmas stocking stuffer”!), or for that budding astronomer in your family!
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.
Saint Dominic de Guzman (1170-1221)
This plaque depicts St. Dominic (German: Dominikus), the Founder of the Order of Friars Preachers (O.P.). St. Dominic is often depicted with four symbols: star, lilies, book, and bishop’s mitre. According to legend, when Dominic was baptized as a baby, his mother saw a star shining forth from his chest. He is often depicted with a star shining above or on his head. (Because of this, Dominic is the patron saint of astronomy and astronomers.) A lily, or stalk of lilies, represents Dominic’s notable chastity. According to another legend, Saints Peter and Paul gave Dominic a book (and a staff) and urged him to go into the world to preach. Dominic was offered a bishop’s mitre and bishopric (with all of its attendant wealth, power, and security) three times, but he refused each time out of his commitment to poverty and his conviction that he must preach convincingly and winningly, without ever resorting to threats or force.