This 13th century icon from Mount Sinai depicts Saint Paul, a chief of the Apostles and defining evangelist of the early Church.æ
Originally named Saul, Paul was a Jew and a Pharisee. He was a leader of Christian persecutors, and was responsible for the stoning of St. Stephen, a deacon and the first Christian martyr. When traveling to Damascus to persecute the Christians there, Christ appeared to Paul in glory and chose him to be a key figure in the development of the Church. Paul was baptized and spent three years in the desert, receiving the Gospel by divine revelation. He was scrutinized by St. James, the bishop of Jerusalem, and St. Peter, and was finally sent out to preach.
St. Paul wrote numerous epistles and started numerous churches on his three missionary journeys, including the Church of Antioch, where we were first called Christians. For his work, Paul is considered perhaps the single most important and influential person in the beginning of the Church.æ
St. Paul was eventually arrested. As a Roman citizen he appealed to Caesar and was allowed to live under house arrest. About AD 67, during the persecutions of Nero, the holy Apostle was martyred by beheading.
Our carpenters come from Grand Rapids, Michigan, which is home to the finest furniture makers and carpenters since the 19th century.
The Legacy board is our signature icon board. Our woodcraftsmen begin with hand-chosen poplar and cut it to the desired size. From there, they place oak slats across the back of the board to create a wood base that is second to none. The thicker board (1.25 inches) is like the board of a hand-painted panel icon.
The Standard board is made of durable MDF and has a wooden veneer on the back. If you desire a more affordable icon with a thinner board similar to other reproductions, consider the Standard icon.
We begin with the finest 100% cotton, PH-neutral, archival museum-quality papers and canvases. Our prints are made in a controlled lab environment, using a special process which took over a decade to perfect. Finally, a series of custom sealants protect the image from fading, sun damage, and ozone by forming a barrier to outside elements.
Unlike other icon duplications, our prints have been environmentally-tested to resist degradation and fading for over 80 years, and in many cases well beyond 100. We do not laminate our icons, as lamination has unpredictable results for image stability. Our mission is to create timeless icons that will last, so you will only have to purchase them once.
Our museum-grade canvas prints have a slight texture, while the museum-grade paper prints are smooth.