Alexander Lukashenko presented for the Nativity of Christ to Metropolitan of Minsk and Pavel Zaslavsky an icon of this holiday. The icon was created in the icon painting workshop Zharov.
As described in the workshop, the iconography of this image was created on the basis of the fresco of the 12th century from the Transfiguration Church of the Savior of the Euphrosyneisky Convent in Polotsk.
The icon is written in a unique ancient icon painting technique – a wax tempera, where the basis, which binds natural pigments, is beeswax. Wax informs painting not only durability, but also special transparency to paints, allowing to reveal the finest nuances of color.
A special feature of the new image is the significant format of the image, a multi-figure composition with a fine, miniature treatment of details. Coloring is based on the use of natural minerals – lapis lazuli, malachite, mountain cinnabar, hematite, – told sobor.by icon painters.
The icon was presented by the Head of the Belarusian State A.G. Lukashenka as a gift to the Belarusian people on Christmas Day in Minsk Holy Spirit Cathedral on January 7, 2018.
More information about the technique of wax tempera, or encaustic, you can learn from the film and the article by Andrei Zharov, as well as on the site of the icon painter zharovstudio.com