The Olive Tree, egg tempera on wood

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Smolyansky-Olive-Tree.jpg

The Olive Tree, egg tempera on wood

850.00

The Olive Tree. “And the dove came in to him at eventide; and lo in her mouth an olive-leaf freshly plucked; so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth” [Genesis 8:11]. The olive tree can reach the age of 2,000, regenerate after fire, and produce oil for cooking, lighting, and even anointing kings. It is generally seen as a symbol of peace, but can also be a symbol of wisdom, fertility, power, and pureness.

Buy together with The Song of Songs for $1500.

This painting was inspired by the Zen style. My paintings in this series feature a white background and images that emerge and morph into it.  "Form is emptiness, emptiness is form. Form is not other than emptiness; emptiness is not other than form." (The Heart Sutra)

Size: 16x20 inch on wooden panel, wired and ready to hang

Medium: egg tempera

About Egg Tempera.

Known from antiquity, tempera was the primary painting medium of the Middle Ages. It was the medium for religious and inspired art in the Byzantine world as well as Europe until the 16th century, when it was replaced in by oil paint, a more convenient, flexible and available technique.

Tempera paintings are characterizes by a brilliant, luminous crispness that could not be duplicated by the use of other painting mediums. Although egg tempera paint is applied in many techniques, tempera painting could be easily identified.

The dried tempera paint does not darken or change colour with age. It is less likely to crack with age and is also long-lasting; panel paintings created in the 14th centuries survive to this day.

Note 1. I do not place any filters on my art and take photos with natural light. Each screen may display colours slightly different than original colours.

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