Pastel Dove Theotokos
This piece is a pastel version of of one of my favorite subjects, a mother dove and her chicks - each with a gold leaf halo. The background is patterned soft blue and violet, and pale flowers are intertwined with the flaxen nest. The vintage frame is metallic gold with carved details.
Theotokos refers to the Virgin and Child that derived from Christian religious canon. The scene shows the baby birds in a straw nest, an allusion to the manger in Christ's birth story. 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 10 x 11 inches
MEDIA: acrylic and gold leaf painting on panel, varnished, framed. Ready to display, with hanger attached.
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