Immanuel Icons

an orthodox christian iconography studio
in pittsburgh, pennsylvania

Egg tempera and gold leaf on wood
example of a solid gold background and concave center ("ark").
Example of a 5X7 GLASS icon with simple black frame.
here is the same plate of glass in a RUSTIC BLACK FRAME available in the 5X7 size
This handmaiden of God is venerating her glass icon.
Commissioning a Traditional Byzantine Icon
(scroll down for information on commissioning a GLASS icon)

One cannot enter the deeper meaning of iconography without immersing oneself in their spiritual meaning in the liturgical context of the Church.  As Frederica Mathews-Green writes of icons, "They are companions in prayer and won't make sense outside the context of a surrendered and seeking life" (The Open Door:  Entering the Sanctuary of Icons and Prayer, p. 23).  As a result, icons are more accurately called windows or signposts to God, or even "theology in color."

This is one of the reasons iconographers refer to "writing" rather than painting icons (though either term is correct).  Writing an icon is a spiritual process akin to participating in liturgy, and to commission an icon is to consent to and even participate in this process.  The financial portion of the agreement, usually ranging from $200 to $600 for a portable icon, covers the materials and makes a contribution towards the iconographer's expenses.

If you would like to commission an icon, I am honored to discuss this with you!  Typically I ask for 50% down after I have my instructions and before I begin.  You may pay the remaining 50% (plus shipping) upon completion of the icon.   I can show you my drawing before I begin to build the board and paint the icon if there are any remaining issues to discuss relating to the inscription or other details.

The price of traditional byzantine icons (egg tempera and gold leaf on wood) is based on size as follows :

c. 24 square inches (e.g. 4"X6") = $220

c. 32 square inches (e.g. 4.75" X 6.75") = $315

c. 80 square inches (e.g. 8"X10", 4"X20") = $350

c. 224 square inches = (e.g. 13.5" x 16.5") = $500

c. 440 suare inches = $650 

c. 728 square inches = $800

c. 1088 square inches = $950

These prices are based on a simple bust figure on a flat painted (not gilded) board;  Added elements (gold background, gold on the clothing, or raised borders) and scenes of greater complexity entail more time and therefore a higher price.  

Please contact me if you would like to explore an idea!

Mrs. Randi Sider-Rose


After you have discussed the idea with me, you can make payments via check (I'll let you know the address to send it to) or just go to:

Commissioning a Glass Icon

These icons are painted in a folk tradition which, by definition, take less time and therefore I can offer them for less.  See the examples to the left.  

Any icon that can be commissioned in wood can be commissioned in glass, but/and they will have the vividness and immediacy of folk art, while still being icons in the aid of prayer.  They are still painted with egg tempera, and the gold is gold paper than rather the 23K gold leaf of the traditional icons listed above.

All glass icons now come in brown-wood rustic frame, except at the 5X7 size, where there is the option of a high-quality, black-wood rustic frame.  

5X7 refers to the glass itself.  The actual icon with frame measures larger.

FEATURED SIZE:  5X7"  = $75 ($7.50 shipping, or pick up from studio in Pittsburgh, PA)

7 3/4" X 9 3/4" = $95 ($10 shipping)

11 3/4" X 15 3/4" = $150  ($12.50 shipping)

19 3/4 X 19 3/4" = $175  ($18 shipping)

As with traditional icons, the complexity adds $20-70 to the price.  

If you wish to contact me to commission an icon, I am at:

Mrs. Randi Sider-Rose


Icons on main tier by Immanuel Icons