Click here to watch the presentation given by iconographer Nicholas Markell all about the making of the Holy Thomas Icon.
In the fall of 2012 the Office of Campus Ministry commissioned Nicholas Markell to write an icon of St. Thomas Aquinas, the University’s patron.
Mr. Markell wrote the icon called “Holy Thomas” in the tradition of Eastern iconography. The process of writing a sacred image in this style is a form of prayer beginning with the initial design and continuing through its use in Divine Worship.
The icon will be displayed in the Office of Campus Ministry on the second floor of the Anderson Student Center and will be present at all special University Liturgies.
For more information, please contact the Office of Campus Ministry: 651-962-6560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Motto: Nam Aliam Nisi Te
Talk given by Iconographer Nicholas Markell on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
We say we can write an icon- because we can read it.
Icon is Greek for “image”
Icons are to be given the same veneration as the life-giving cross and the book of the Gospels- Nicea II
CCC 1160: Period of “Christian Iconography”
“Icons evoke a hunger for God.” –St. John Damascus
“It is a proclamation of the Gospel in line and color and it is an invitation to a relationship…”
Icon resonates with the intellect of the heart- not only of this world.
Corresponds with the Beatific Vision.
What distinguishes an icon from other images in the world?
3. Symbolic Language (visual language)
7 Principles of the Icon
4. Anatomy: images are living in transfigured body- sometimes elongated- looks larger than life
7. Creation: We are part of the created world
Steps in the Process
Mixing colors creates a relationship in the colors called the incarnation of color.