Our Lady of Guadalupe, also called the Virgin of Guadalupe, is the patroness of the Americas. Her image appeared in 1531 in Mexico when she revealed herself to St. Juan Diego.
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Friday Afternoons 2:00 – 4:30 pm Central Time
Sept. 10 to Nov. 20
The Virgin of Guadalupe is not a Byzantine icon. It is an icon of an authentic apparition of Our Lady, based on the image that miraculously appeared on the cloak of Juan Diego and preserved in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. As icon painters, we are called not only to painting the images, but we are also called to prayer and contemplation — striving always for a contemplative understanding of the images that we paint. In this sense, in preparation for painting this icon, I strongly encourage you to read the book Guadalupe Mysteries: Deciphering the Code by Grzegorz Gorny and Janusz Rosikon, published by Ignatius Press (2016). It is a fascinating book, and it will give you a much deeper understanding of its symbolism as you paint the Guadalupe. Below are a few of the many symbolic meanings embedded in the Virgin’s image:
- Mary’s cloak is a turquoise color, a color reserved for divinity in the Aztec culture.
- Her hairstyle denotes her virginity: in the Aztec culture, only virgins wore their hair parted in the middle and free-flowing.
- Her dark sash is a pregnancy sash, worn by pregnant Aztec women.
- One of the flowers in the brocade is an image that symbolizes divinity and transcendence; it is located right over her womb.
- The rays around Mary are the rays of the sun, the symbol of the Aztec god; she is the woman who stands on the moon, covering the sun.
Recommended board size for the full-figure icon is either a 9”x17” board with a kovcheg, either a round top or a rectangular shape. Larger or smaller sizes are also acceptable, keeping the same proportions. A limited number of 9”x17” boards are available from St. Elizabeth Icon Studio; cost is $138.00 for the rectangular boards and $148.00 for the round top boards.
Recommended board sizes for the half-figure icon are either 8”x10” flat boards (either round top or rectangular) or 9.5” x 12.5” or 11”x14” boards with kovchegs (either round top or rectangular for both sizes). These are standard size icon boards that should be available from various board makers. A limited supply of boards are also available from our studio.
You may register for this workshop either electronically or by mail. Cost of the class is $295. Add an additional $50 for Tuesday critique classes and/or an additional $138 (rectangular) or $148 (round top) plus shipping for a 9”x17” icon board.
- To register electronically, email Faye Drobnic at email@example.com. Please include your full name and your mailing address and the name of the class. Also indicate if you want to register for the critique classes and/or if you want to purchase an icon board and/or a pigment kit. Shipping charges for board and/or pigment kit will be added. You will be emailed an invoice through PayPal, which you can pay with any credit card. Registration is complete upon receipt of your payment.
- To register by mail, please first email Faye Drobnic at firstname.lastname@example.org, following the procedure indicated above. Faye will email you an invoice. You may then mail your check to Faye Drobnic, 121 Acacia Drive, Lafayette, LA 70508. Registration is complete upon receipt of your check.