"Saint Michael the Archangel" is a Romanian traditional icons painted by me on glass ( reverse side technique) with hand painted wooden frame.
The icon shows Archangel Michael in military clothes, with wings, a sword, a cup and a scale for weighing the lives of people at the Last Judgement. A dead man is lying at his feet whose soul is tilting the balance.
The scene is surrounded by folds of drapery and vegetal motifs. Drawing is laconic and essential. It expresses grace and delicacy. Chromatics: ultramarine blue, ocher - fund; yellow, white, tan, brown, pink, black, green, gold.
Painting icons on glass is a traditional Romanian form of art. Folk icons on glass are painted on the reverse side of the glass. First, the outlines are drawn with black ink. Then each area is filled with tempera or oil colors. This has been a Romanian folk tradition since the 18th century. In our villages, the knowledge is passed from one generation to another, from parents to children. Many artists remain anonymous. These icons are primitive, colorful, glamorous - and very modern as a plastic conception.
A „definition” of the glass icon says that it has to be done according to a model (izvod). It usually has no anatomical proportions, but balanced chromatic patterns . The models currently used are 200-300 years old.
The writing is Cyrillic. There are several elements of a typical icon on glass: it represents a character or more, the remaining space is bordered with flowers, rope or stars.
glass, wood, oil colors, acrylic, gloss varnish for wood, gold leaf, hanger