St. Luke the Evangelist

Commissioned for St. Luke’s Church, Battersea, London, this icon depicts St. Luke in his traditional pose as an Evangelist, holding his Gospel and blessing the viewer. His hair and beard are also traditional, passed down through the generations so that he would always be recognizable to the faithul. St. Luke is the patron saint of both doctors and iconographers, the latter because he is believed to have painted the first icon, an image of the Virgin Mary and Jesus from life. That icon was revered in Constantinople for a millenium before it was finally lost.

Tempera and gold leaf on wood; 18”x24”; 2020. St. Luke’s Church, Battersea, London, UK.

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