Romanian Reverse Glass Painting - St John the Evangelist

Romanian Reverse Glass Painting - St John the Evangelist

120.00

A Romanian reverse glass painted ikon, depicting St John the Evangelist. It shows the saint as a young man with long hair, holding an elaborate chalice which is one of his attributes. According to legend, St John once drank a cup of snake venom to prove his divinity. The scene is framed by red, pink and yellow flowers.


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.


It measures 34 x 45 cm.

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