Reverse Glass Painting - Female Saint

Reverse Glass Painting - Female Saint


A Romanian reverse glass painted ikon depicting a female saint. She wears and elaborate crown, striped dress and a veil with purple flowers. The figure is framed by garlands of flowers which add to the primitive, folk-art effect.

This type of delightfully 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 there 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 painting is in good condition with few losses to the paint and is freshly backed to protect the image.

It measures 36 x 46 cm.

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