Nativity Romanian Orthodox Church Glass Icon Folk Art

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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.
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