Diptych Icon with Images of Christ, Saint Mary and Saint George
Diptych Icon with Images of Christ, Saint Mary and Saint George

Diptych Icon with Images of Christ, Saint Mary and Saint George


Artist
Gebre Merha Yohannes (Ethiopian, b. 1975)
Date
1997
Medium
Pigment on wawa wood
Dimensions
Work : 6 x 4 1/2 x 3/4 in. (15.24 x 11.43 x 1.91 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Neal and Elizabeth Sobania
Object Number
2018.25.17

Label
Most Ethiopian icon paintings follow a common set of aesthetic conventions, but there is also room for artists to demonstrate individual styles. This stylistic diversity is fully intentional as artists are encouraged to start developing their own artistic hands early in their training. Young artists are typically first taught to draw and paint by copying the work of an established master. This allows for core stylistic features to be passed down from generation to generation while still granting young artists the freedom to express their own creativity within certain parameters. The individual styles of different artists can be seen in their line drawing techniques, in their color palettes, and in details such as the shading of faces and how they paint the drapes and folds of clothing. Gebre Merha Yohannes is the grandson of Haleqa Yohannes Teklu (1882-1979), a well-known and highly respected priest-painter whose works can be found in numerous churches throughout northern Ethiopia. [Nina Kay ‘19]

Object Type
Painting