I'm confident that this icon, an unusual commission from a Peter celebrating his eightieth birthday, is unique. It is based on the apostle's first encounter with the resurrected Jesus which is only mentioned in a half verse by Luke (24 v34). The client has meditated long on these few words but his brief was to keep it simple. And red - he has a passion for red as one sees in Russian icons. God grant you many years, Peter.
This illumination (actually executed on gesso) is a greetings card design for the Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge. The composition is my own invention but once again I've borrowed all sorts of things from medieval Armenian master T'oros Roslin. You can find digital reproductions of some of his work on line, but it is mostly hidden away in libraries - I'd love to see one of these in the original.
The view from my desk
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