Drawing the Hands of the Unmercenary Saints

by Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB

In the section of the course History of Art that I teach at Mount Angel Seminary, we dedicate part of our time to some drawing exercises that help us to learn about the iconographic tradition.

For our first exercise, we trace a prototype of the Holy Face, the first icon.  For our second exercise, we draw hands of the unmercenary saints, physicians and healers that offered their work free of charge.

Our prototype of the unmercenary saints offered many examples of hands in different positions, some holding medicine boxes and measuring spoons: