Bebudelsen - The Annunciation


The Annunciation
The feast of Annunciation exalts the divine motherhood of Mary. The date of the feast, March 25, falls exactly nine months before the Nativity on December 25. The icon of the Annunciation present the Virgin and Gabriel standing and engaged in a silent dialogue of eyes and hands. Mary`s hand is open toward the archangel, as if signaling him to stop, it indicates reserve and detachment.
The Virgin`s head is bowed as she listens to the angel. Mary`s human nature is symbolized by her blue tunic, while the red cloak indicates that she has been invested with divine royalty.
This icon was inspired by an old romanian icon from Transylvania.

Kristi fødsel - The Nativity of Christ

The Nativity of Christ
The Feast of the Nativity of Christ is a celebration of both the Incarnation and the re-creation of the world in Christ. It celebrates the reality of the Incarnation of the eternal Word, the Son of God, and the fact that through this incarnation the world is transfigured and restored. All this liturgical material is reflected and represented in the icon of the Nativity.The ray of light from the heavenly realm shines and points directly to the Christ-child.The Virgin Mother lies in the centre of the icon.
The angels praise and glorify God, and also bring the message to the shepherds. If the shepherds symbolize simple folk and the Jewish people, the Magi symbolize wise and learned people, and the Gentile nations; they are shown as of different ages, making the point at that the reception of the salvation and revelation given in Christ is not dependent on such external factors as maturity of years. Below the Virgin, midwives are washing the baby.
At the bottom left corner of the icon sits Joseph, the one who is not the father of the child, and who represents those who cannot comprehend the wonder of this event. The devil disguised as an old shepherd stands in front of Joseph tempting him to disbelief. The Virgin is turned towards Joseph – a symbol of compassion for those beset by doubts and difficulties in believing.

 

 

Kristi fødsel - The Nativity of Christ

Nativity
A new form of the image, was to set the essential form of Eastern Orthodox images down to the present day. The setting is now a cave - or rather the specific Cave of the Nativity in Bethlehem, already underneath the Church of the Nativity, and well-established as a place of pilgrimage, with the approval of the Church. Above the opening a mountain represented in miniature, rises up.[ Mary now lies recovering on a large stuffed cushion or couch beside the infant, who is on a raised structure,[ whilst Joseph rests his head on his hand.[ He is often part of a separate scene in the foreground, where Jesus is being bathed by midwives (Jesus is therefore shown twice). Several apocryphal accounts speak of a great light illuminating the scene, also taken to be the star of the Magi, and this is indicated by a circular disc at the top of the scene, with a band coming straight down from it - both are often dark in colour. Angels usually surround the scene if there is room, including the top of the cave; often one is telling the shepherds the good news of Christ's birth. The Orthodox icon of the Nativity uses certain imagery parallel to that on the epitaphios (burial shroud of Jesus) .
This pattern was inspired by Georgian miniature paintings.