1. Fr Scott

    Thanks for your fascinating discussion of light and darkness in the transfiguration, I had not considered it before.

    1. As icon carvers, these are the things we think about…

  2. friest@xs4all.nl

    Thank you so much for this very insightful article on the use and meaning of light, darkness, density, covering and uncovering in the manifestation of God’s glory. The carved icon of the Transfiguration is very beautiful, sacral and inspiring. I hope that these insights and your understanding of iconography will move ever more christian artists to draw from the rich and varied traditions of our spiritual forefathers.I I wish to share this with my facebook friends. Albertus

    1. Thank you for your comment, and thank you for sharing the article.

  3. Nancy Forderhase


    This is a fascinating and important article. But more to my visual interest is your incredible carving of the Transfiguration. It is breathtaking.

    1. Thank you, Nancy.

  4. Baker Galloway

    Thank you for sharing this, Jonathan. Is there any particular emphasis you were trying to make with St. Elijah being slightly higher up in the composition than St. Moses? If it was intentional, my guess is that you wanted him to have a more stooped posture for Elijah than Moses, while keeping both figures’ halos outside the perimeter of the mandorla. Many painted icons overlap the saints halos with the mandorla, but it might be a little strange to see that layering happen in a carved icon?

    1. You have an astute eye. It was because I wanted the rays to reach Elijah’s head while reaching Moses’ feet.

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