St. Joseph

June 4, 2014

IconBulgaria is famous for its icon painting but this is the first time I have across this copy of an ancient Byzantine icon on which St. Joseph is depicted with Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus.

The icon struck me with its open and affectionate radiance.

The narratives of the Gospels do not say much about him and in art up to about the 17th century Joseph is often depicted as a man advanced in years.

A portrait so human and divine.

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