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Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki
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St. Demetrius (270 - October 26, 306AD)


In this particular icon the background gilding is brushed as opposed to being burnished (polished). The effect is a less shiny and less mirroring, satin surface. This type of gilding is also done on red bole and also uses two layers of gold leaf - the only difference is that instead of using an agate burnisher to polish the gold in this case a brush is used to smooth it out.







11.81x15.75 inches (30x40 cm)
Private collection, MA
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