Description The prototype of this icon of the Theotokos (Greek for 'Mother of God') was originally known and venerated in the 16th century in the Russian city of Kazan. Several copies were made throughout the years and were present at key events in Russian history. The Greek inscription above is an abbreviation for 'Miter Theou' (Mother of God), and next to the Christ Child - 'Isus Christos' (Jesus Christ).
Alexander Schelechow, Montreal Member Since October 2008 Artist Statement Alexander Schelechow was born in Bulgaria in 1960. In 1967, he and his parents moved to Germany. Eight years later, the family settled in Montreal, Canada. Alexander found his interest and his vocation in the art of iconography by observing and assisting his father, the renowned iconographer Nikolai Schelechow. Under the direction of his father, Alexander completed his first icon at the age of thirteen.
Alexander has worked as a professional Iconographer for more than 30 years. He has completed numerous commissions for churches and individuals from Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia. He has held lectures on the history and the meaning of icons. He also gives courses on the technical aspects of iconography. Alexander writes icons for iconostases as well as murals on canvas for churches. In addition, he holds a Bachelor's degree in German and English studies from McGill University and a Master's degree in Russian and Slavic studies from the Université de Montréal.
Alexander has adopted the style of the classical age of Byzantine-Russian iconography. He writes his icons on wood panels covered with a traditional gesso. The background of the icon is gilded with genuine 22-carat gold leaf. As in the classic style of iconography, the images of his icons are stylized and rich in symbolic associations. Most of them are based on classical originals of Russian iconography from the 14th to the 16th century.