Nativity Romanian Orthodox Church Glass Icon Folk Art

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  • Sold Date: Mar 30, 2010
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Romanian Reverse Glass Icon


21 cm × 30 cm = 8 " × 12" unframed

Framed in a simple wooden frame

- water based paints and goldfoil -

Reverse painting on glass is an art form consisting of applying paint to a piece of glass and then viewing the image by turning the glass over and looking through the glass at the image.

This art form has been around for many years. It was widely used for sacral paintings since Middle Ages. The most famous was the art of icons in the Byzantine Empire. Later the painting on glass spread to Italy w in Venice it influenced its Renaissance art. Since the mid of 18th century painting on glass became favored by the Church and the nobility throughout Central Europe. Throughout 19th century painting on glass was widely popular as folk art in Austria, Bavaria, Moravia, Bohemia and Slovakia. Unfortunately, during the inter-war period (1914-1945) this traditional "naive" technique fell nearly to a complete oblivion and its methods of paint composition and structural layout had to be re-invented by combining water and oil paints. Thus painting on glass started to become popular again since 1990s. However, many painters of this genre affirm that abandoning that unique tradition of naivist approach to painting on glass is rather difficult. Therfore the painting on glass becomes a natural selection for refurbishing a new house built in a traditional rustic style. For example, the the recently erected Catholic church at Radôstka in Northern Slovakia opted for having its Stations of the Cross on 14 large pictures – all painted on glass.

The painting can be realistic or abstract. Realistic reverse paintings are more challenging to create as one must, for example, in painting a face, to put the pupil of an eye on the glass before the iris, exactly the opposite of normal painting. If this is neglected the artist will not be able to correct the error as he will not get in between the glass and the paint already applied. This process is not like stained or leaded glass work in that it is not intended to hang in a window with light coming through the piece. Hanging on a wall, framed or unframed, with a lot of light directed towards the piece provides best viewing.

This style of painting is found in traditional Romanian icons originating from Transylvania.

This form of painting is also called as reverse glass painting.

Please take a look at our other icons on wood, ceramic, and glass.

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