Artist’s Eye on Ireland: St. Patrick Icon
St Patrick Icon, Agnessa Kessiakova www.etsy.com/shop/iconsart
Agnessa Kessiakova from Sofia, Bulgaria created this orthodox style icon of Saint Patrick using the traditional centuries old techniques. She uses tempera paints on wood panel, gold leaf and matte finishing varnish.
When describing this piece, Agnessa explains that the name of St Patrick means “high-born”, from the latin “Patricius.” He was born around 390, captured and brought to Ireland as a slave. He escaped and returned home, but later, he returned, bringing Christianity to the Irish people. His feast day is March 17. Saint Patrick is most often recognized for likening the Trinity to a shamrock, illustrating that the shamrock has three parts, and yet is one; in a similar way, the Trinity is made up of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and is still one God.
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