Byzantine is not my chosen time period, and not something that I have delved into painting from before - but I love a challenge so when I was asked to take on this assignment I jumped at it.
And then I went and talked to the only expert I know on this period, and Baroness Anna helped me tremendously! It would have taken a lot longer and I would have been a lot less sure of myself without her aid. (thank you!!)
The text is based on Kontakion One and Oikos One, and Kontakion Thirteen of the Akathist to the Theotokos, the illumination is 13th century Armenian
gouache and shell gold on pergamenata