Drawing the Foot of Christ in the Resurrection

by Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB

In addition to drawing hands of the unmercenary saints, we dedicate some time to drawing from an icon of the Resurrection in History of Art at Mount Angel Seminary.  This icon was written through the hand of Mary Katsilometes and is located at Resurrection Catholic Church in Tualatin, Oregon.  Our close observation of these icons helps us to learn about the iconographic tradition.

For this drawing we focused on one of the feet of Christ.  The doors to underworld, a sign of disconnection and lack of communion, are transfigured because Christ touched them and triumphed over evil and death.

Our prototype - the icon of the Resurrection and a detail of Christ's foot