Skip to comments.Icon Carvings - They are Exquisitely Beautiful but Why Bother to Carve Them if We Can Paint Them?
Posted on 10/15/2013 7:36:02 PM PDT by marshmallow
There have been a number of articles published recently, following a show in Moscow, of carved icons of a Russian couple Rashid and Inessa Azbuhanov (their website is here and h/t Deacon Paul Iacono of the Fra Angelico Institute for bring these to my attention). These are exquisite works and are of interest to me particularly because I have to admit I have never seen anything quite like them. I am told that they are re-establishing the tradition of carved icons. These portray form through a combination of color and relief and in this sense are a halfway house between pure relief carving, which uses shadow to describe form; and the painted icon that we are used to.
This presentation of course would be easily used for Western styles and I can see it very quickly adapted gothic style imagery and for the Western variants of the iconographic tradition, such as the Celtic. I would love to see some Catholic artists somewhere taking up the idea.
(Excerpt) Read more at newliturgicalmovement.org ...
Gives new opportunities for iconoclasts.
Even a blind person can appreciate a carved Icon.
They are beautiful.
I carve in the round and have never tried relief carving of chip carving.
I imagine it is easier, except geometry on chip carving.
Many relief carvings use paint and gold leaf to make them pop into the 2nd dimension.
I am pretty good at the paint as I painted before teaching myself carving.
I still have not tried gold leaf.
Need some time.
I will try gold leaf on it as well, before my hands get to shaky. LOL
Rashid? That’s not your typical Christian name.
It is Egyptian.
“Iron. It’s what’s for dinner.”
— old Russian saying
I now the man who created that logo. Bob (or Robert) Brooks. He died some years back ... but did leave a widow, though I know not how to contact her...and my other contact to the guy, was that man’s son — who had been a good friend of mine. but the son died too.
Come to think of it, you may have posted the image before, and I mentioned it.
Well, it’s been a while.
That was a campaign slogan in the war of 1812.
I want to carve it for a cottage on the ocean in Maine, whose owner has been kind.
I have had this project in the back of my mind for years.
Not sure if we ever discussed it.
I first saw the project done by carver Rick Butz.
I am sure he copied a piece from the 1800’s
Wow. I want one.
Rashid and Inessa Azbuhanov
No. Rashid is an Arabic name and is also one of the 99 names of God according to Muslims. Thus, it predates Muslim entrance into and conquest of Egypt. It is not Egyptian. It is simply Arabic. Why does a Russian - Azbuhanov is clearly Slavic and the couple is said to be RUSSIAN - have a name like Rashid? Here’s his photo: http://pageaucarvings.com/2/post/2011/10/russias-elite-icon-carvers.html
Like I said, Rashid is not your typical Christian name.
I stand corrected.