Tracing and the Geometry of the Holy Face

by Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB

For our second sketchbook exercise in Theology of Art at Mount Angel Seminary, we learned about the geometry that underlies all icons using the example of the geometry for the Holy Face.  Prior to class, I worked out the geometry for the Holy Face in my largest sketchbook as an example for the students:

The students then studied and traced a prototype of the Holy Face in their sketchbooks, with the option of tracing an additional and more complex prototype as well: