The St. Stephen of Hungary Contemporary Icon is a completely unique, hand-painted work of art, each individually signed by the artist. A truly beautiful addition to our collection, we are proud to offer such reverent and heart-warming paintings made in such a creative medium. At 5 by 3.5 inches and featuring a leather frame, this painting can go anywhere in your home and become an eye-catching accent piece. This radiance and joy that this painting exudes comes from the artist’s choice of medium: she uses a process called “reverse oil on glass”. This touching and charming painting is a tribute to musicians everywhere, and if you’re looking for a gift for musicians, look no further!
A Reverse Oil Painting on Glass
Reverse oil painting on glass is an art technique by which the artist paints a picture on the reverse side of a glass surface. Realistic reverse paintings are extremely challenging to create since, for example, in painting a face, the artist must put the pupil of an eye on the glass before the iris, exactly the opposite of painting a picture. The artist is not able to correct any errors made earlier since the surface between the glass and the paint already applied is now completely inaccessible. An artist in Poland who specializes in religious themes painted this and many other reverse oil paintings on glass. Each of these beautiful paintings are enclosed in handmade frames with a leather back made by the artist’s elderly mother. No two paintings are alike. To see other reverse oil paintings by the same artist, click here.
St. Stephen of Hungary
Stephen I, also known as King Saint Stephen (Hungarian: Szent István király [ˌsænt ˈiʃtvaːn kiraːj]; Latin: Sanctus Stephanus; Slovak: Štefan I. or Štefan Veľký; c. 975 – 15 August 1038 AD), was the last Grand Prince of the Hungarians between 997 and 1000 or 1001, and the first King of Hungary from 1000 or 1001 until his death in 1038. The year of his birth is uncertain, but many details of his life suggest that he was born in or after 975 in Esztergom. At his birth, he was given the pagan name Vajk. The date of his baptism is unknown. He was the only son of Grand Prince Géza and his wife, Sarolt, who was descended from the prominent family of the gyulas. Although both of his parents were baptized, Stephen was the first member of his family to become a devout Christian. He married Gisela of Bavaria, a scion of the imperial Ottonian dynasty.
After succeeding his father in 997, Stephen had to fight for the throne against his relative, Koppány, who was supported by large numbers of pagan warriors. He defeated Koppány mainly with the assistance of foreign knights, including Vecelin, Hont and Pázmány, but also with help from native lords. He was crowned on 25 December 1000 or 1 January 1001 with a crown sent by Pope Sylvester II. In a series of wars against semi-independent tribes and chieftains—including the Black Hungarians and his uncle, Gyula the Younger—he unified the Carpathian Basin. He protected the independence of his kingdom by forcing the invading troops of Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor, to withdraw from Hungary in 1030.
Stephen established at least one archbishopric, six bishoprics and three Benedictine monasteries; thus the Church in Hungary developed independently of the archbishops of the Holy Roman Empire. He encouraged the spread of Christianity with severe punishments for ignoring Christian customs. His system of local administration was based on counties organized around fortresses and administered by royal officials. Hungary, which enjoyed a lasting period of peace during his reign, became a preferred route for pilgrims and merchants traveling between Western Europe and the Holy Land or Constantinople.
He survived all of his children. He died on 15 August 1038 and was buried in his new basilica, built in Székesfehérvár and dedicated to the Holy Virgin. His death caused civil wars which lasted for decades. He was canonized by Pope Gregory VII, together with his son, Emeric, and Bishop Gerard of Csanád, in 1083. Stephen is a popular saint in Hungary and the neighboring territories. In Hungary, his feast day (celebrated on 20 August) is also a public holiday commemorating the foundation of the state, known as State Foundation Day.