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Trinity Sunday Icon

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This icon of the Trinity is just about complete – it’s a medium size, 18×24 inches.  Also on wood, this is a mixture of egg tempera and oils to get a complex texture and vibrant colors.  The Trinity icon has gone through lots of stages in its history, with Rublev’s ending up being the one most popular now. His version is the first one that focused on the equality of the persons, so to speak, by intentionally NOT calling out with obvious symbols which figure represented the Father, Son or Holy Spirit.  However it’s generally understood that the Father is on the left, the Son is the center figure, and the Holy Spirit is on the left.  There are no special markings in the halo of the Son, as typically seen as well, but in some older forms of this icon, one does find the traditional cross in the center figure’s halo.  Here in this version I’ve put in an unbroken Celtic pattern to represent the Eternal.  More images are here.

An Artist Reborn: Ann Chapin's Icons

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This piece is  a reinterpretation of the Depositiondone by Fra Bartolomeo. There were a few changes Ann made…she  added the crown of thorns down in the bottom left, and changed the face of the Virgin Mary a little. The original is in the Uffizi Galleries in Florence, Italy.


About Ann Chapin  Ann became Catholic in 1999 and soon after that was exposed to the iconographic tradition in the Catholic and Orthodox churches. After doing some private study with some iconographers with the Prosopon School which teaches a traditional Russian style, Ann decided to embark on an experiment to create iconographic art that is particularly suited for the Western eye.  She’s been working on that project specifically for the past 7 or 8 years, and doesn't ever think she will finish.



Last Supper - John the Beloved and Christ This piece represents that moment in the Last Supper, when it says that John reclined on the bosom of Christ to ask him who would betray him. (John 13:21-26).  Jesus is holding th…