Reverse Glass Painting - Sacred Heart

Reverse Glass Painting - Sacred Heart


A Romanian reverse glass painted ikon, depicting Jesus with the sacred heart. This iconography shows Jesus with stigmata, the sign of crucifixion, and a flaming heart. It represents Jesus’ love and compassion for humanity.

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 with a new card backing to protect it. The original frame is hung the traditional method, with a wire threaded through a hole in the centre. It has some evidence of woodworm, now treated.

It measures 34 x 43.5 cm.

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