Our Lady of The Sign II

egg tempera, gold leaf on wood

This icon reveals spiritual matrimony, the creative relationship between matter and spirit, Creator and Created. We have both Mother (matter) and Son (spirit) within us. Spirit receives matter from the Mother and the Mother receives Intelligence from the Son. In the Christian tradition, our spiritual practice is to be like Mary, the perfect icon, to give birth to Logos.

The icon of Our Lady of the Sign derrives its name from the passage in Isaiah: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; behold a virgin shall conceive in the womb, and shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call him Emmanuel.” The Sign is the Image of the Divine Incarnation.

This is the last of four images of the Mother of God and represents the culmination of a process, the first step of which is symbolized by the icon of the Annunciation. In this icon of the Mother of God, Christ is finally at the center. Unlike the others, its structure is symmetrical and more like a mandala.

Original Art
9" x 11"