This stunning icon is from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The original icon overlooks the altar of the church, which is located above the very place where our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ was born in the flesh.
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Church of the Nativity Icon
Posted by Judy Gallucci-grow on Jan 6th 2019
The Nativity, which is the main emphasis of the icon, is vivid and beautiful. I do have a problem with the decapitated figure in the upper left hand corner which one doesn't notice online but definitely when studying the icon in hand (shall have to get my brushes & paints out).
While the main focus of this Icon is wonderful, what I did not notice online was the decapitated figure in the upper right corner which distracts from the whole icon. I shall have to create an oval frame of sorts (with paint probably) to correct this awful mistake.
[Legacy Icons response: This icon is a detail view from a larger icon, the entirety of which we do not have access to. Part of this lettering is cropped off, as shown in the image, but we would not characterize this as a "mistake."]
Posted by Voula Asimacopoulos on Jan 4th 2019
I bought this to give to my new godson, who received Chrismation on Christmas Eve. I thought the colors were stunning. The expressions of the Panayia and Joseph draw the observer into a sacred moment frozen in time. My godson loves it!
Posted by Unknown on Jan 2nd 2018
This was a wonderful addition to our feastday icons. I am so glad to have found it. This icon embodies the Peace and Love of the Christmas season! Beautiful colors, looks just like the picture online.
Posted by Julana Schutt on Dec 30th 2017
This is a clear, beautiful, high-quality icon, rich in color.