While reading about Byzantine Icons the other day I was amazed to learn that the painter, before he is able to paint one of these Holy Images, has to transcend earthly existence and enter the heavenly realm. Apparently such a trip will instill the painter with the knowledge necessary to render a truly sacred image.
The resulting object is, only then, understood to be a Holy Relic and a living icon. The holy personage thus rendered is seen as emanating the light of truth. As I viewed some of these objects many did seem to have an inner glow.
Well, I had a friend do a painting of me in the style of the icon painters. I don’t think his work was preceded by any voyage to the Great Beyond so I suppose the resulting icon is disqualified from the realm of ‘living relic.’
As I look at the finished product I can’t quite tell if my image expresses benevolence or self-importance-maybe a bit of each. I suppose that might very well be consistent with the attitudes of the early church patriarchs who achieved sainthood. The painting does seem to emanate a sort of inner glow. That may be because my plastic body is a bit translucent.
I showed the painting to the Barbies and they agreed unanimously it did nothing for me whatsoever.