Madonna of the Ivy
This Theotokos image shows a mother Mourning Dove and her twin chicks - each with a gold leaf halo. The background of this naturalistic scene is deep rich green, and ivy vines are intertwined with the flaxen nest. The frame is metallic gold with ornate detailing.
Theotokos refers to the Virgin and Child that derived from Christian religious canon. This highly detailed piece is part of my series of stylized and embellished bird portraits, which investigate the concept of veneration and encourage the viewer to contemplate the value we place on individual animal lives.
SIZE: frame measures 14.5 inches square
MEDIA: acrylic and gold leaf painting on panel, varnished, framed. Ready to display, with hanger attached.
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