From my Angels and Icons series, this is the first icon of Saint Christopher that I painted. The 'new' icons, are not just new in the sense that they are my new works but they do not take the traditional form. Like a traditional icon, they are painted on wood panels and they include various stories from various religious traditions, but that's where there is a point of departure. The new icons blend traditional elements - particular characters and symbols with a more contemporary feel. In particular, the stories are not always common or well known, these are the legends, the myths, the lesser known stories, or in the case of Saint Christopher a combination of stories surrounding him.
Saint Christopher is venerated in various Christian religions - Anglicanism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Lutheranism, Oriental Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism. In the orthodox tradition, he is usually shown as a Cynocephalus, meaning a dog-headed being that was extremely tall. These beings are thought to have lived in caves and have traded with human beings.
You can read more about Saint Christopher and the legends and stories surrounding him in my article at the following link -> https://niume.com/pages/post/?postID=98094 The dog headed Saint who carried the boy, who carried the weight of the world.
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