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SAINT FRACIS OF ASSISI ICON USING COPTIC ICONOGRAPHY TECHNIQUE BY THE FRENCH ARTIST, KATIA-LAURE LEFEVRE-MININNO

August 14, 2015

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Sanctus Franciscus Assisiensis by the French artist, Katia-Laure Lefevre-Mininno

Modern Coptic iconography, as established by Isaac Fanous (1919 – 2007), has established itself within the Copts and internationally, particularly in the West. It is not just widely appreciated now by Western artists and art critics but its technique is being used by many of them. We have, as an example, the French artist, Katia-Laure Lefevre-Mininno, from Rennes, France, who after a period of Greek iconography shifted to Coptic iconography, in her own words, because of its “simplicity combined with sensitivity”. The reader can find more about Lefevre-Mininno here and here.

Lefevre-Mininno has painted several icons in the Coptic way, depicting traditional Christian figures as one finds in Coptic Orthodoxy. I, however, have been intrigued by a Coptic icon made by her of Saint Francis the Assisi, who is revered in the Catholic Church. The icon depicts the Catholic saint in the characteristic lines and colours, and with “simplicity and sensitivity”, that the Coptic saints are depicted in in Coptic iconography. I think it is great.

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