I’ve been working on this for several months, and I think it’s done now. It’s based upon an image of a painting done by Georg Cornicelius in 1888. Apparently the original was lost and another version turned up, without the original components, and many folks like the later version more. Here’s the version that I created using some iconographic elements, and under that are the versions by Cornicelius.
Georg Cornicelius 1825-1898 Germany. Image of the Temptation of Christ. Satan offered to make him ruler of the kingdoms of the world if Christ would worship him.
I’m finally getting around to posting how this was finished. Final size is 6 feet by 10 feet, oil on Canvas. If you’re not familiar with traditional iconography, the lettering in the halo represents the Greek phrase, “I who Am” – referring to the divinity of Christ.
I’m working on a hanging for a parish in Charlottesville – here are some in progress pictures, and I’ll post more as it gets more detail. It’s 6 by 10 feet, oil on Canvas.
I’ve reordered the photos to put the most recent work first. I’ve been working on the face, hair, and hands.
May 1 – Over the past week I have been focusing completely on the face. As far as I am concerned, if the face is not right, then it doesn’t matter how good or bad the rest of it is. So, what I do is spend a lot of time just staring…and then I decide how I want to change the expression so it conveys what I want. In this case, I decided the eyes were too wide, and the mouth was not gentle enough, and the eyebrows were not sufficiently questioning. I am looking for an expression that is inviting, not scary, but still full of mystery, as well as challenging.
I’ve been adding lines and lettering, working some more on the face. It’s getting close to done.
Here are a set of images from a couple years ago that are some details of the icon of Christ meeting some of his disciples by the sea from John Chapter 21. This is the scene where St. Peter, understanding that it Jesus, jumps into the water to hurry to shore to see him. The other disciples are in the boat pulling in the huge haul of fish. I apologize for the copyright on the image, but I have found work pirated all over, so it has to be done.