Reverse Glass Painting - Madonna & Child

Reverse Glass Painting - Madonna & Child


A Romanian reverse glass painted ikon, depicting a Madonna & Child. They both wear elaborate crowns and the Madonna wears a vibrant, spotted gown. They are framed by garlands of pink and red flowers and surmounted by onion domes, typical of orthodox churches.

This type of charming, naïve ikon was produced in Transylvania in the mid 20th century. The images were painted directly onto glass, beginning with the outlines and the foreground before building up towards the background - the opposite practise from a regular painting. This technique has been popular in Romania since the 17th century, when it was introduced by the ruling Hapsburg Empire. Folk artists took the German technique, but adapted it to create cheap and colourful icons for the local orthodox population.

The picture is in good condition and has been backed with card for protection. The traditional frame has some evidence of woodworm, which has been treated.

It measures 36 x 46 cm.

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