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Apr 25, 2014

We are reading Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South, chapter 17, with many thanks to our reader, Barbara Edleman. Book talk begins at 8:45 minutes.

The first N&S episode is 331.

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Trish
four and a half years ago

I just happened to attend a talk on icons the day before listening to this episode. Here are a few tidbits I learned.
-The canvas starts with a dark wash and then colors are added. That way the light source is the figure him/herself.
- There is no emotion allowed in icons
- Mary is often shown looking forward (into the future)
- The faces, bodies and hands are always elongated and exaggerated. Couple theories 1) with the poor lighting in candle-lit churches this made the figures easier to see 2) to remind you you're looking at a likeness for veneration, not a painting
-Jesus' hands are often in a shape that means "blessing" or "teacher". He is never truly shown as a baby. There is often writing in Jesus' halo which translates as "I am"
-Creators of icons say that they "write" the icon, not paint
- There are procedures that a person creating an icon goes through during the process to channel the holy. They pray to who they are painting. They don't talk or eat while working. They try to refrain from any extra motions. There were more but I've forgotten them