October 2012: Class w/ Alexander Stalnov in Pistoia, Italy (Christ Halki)

In October 2012, I participated in a class with Maestro Alexander Stalnov in Pistoia, Italy. Along with 15 other students, I worked on the icon Christ Halki based upon a prototype located in the Cathedral of the Dormition in the Kremlin, Moscow.

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Initial drawing on gilded board.

Students gilding the background and kovcheg.

Sample board and typical studio space.

  Maestro Alexander Stalnov correcting some of my work.

Maestro Alexander Stalnov correcting some of my work.

Here is a photograph of my work toward the end of the nine-day class. You can see two enlargements of the prototype that help guide my work. The sketch at the lower left shows the first two lights on the Sankir.