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St. Margaret of Scotland icon
February 8th 2013
Ink, watercolor, gold leaf


“Like a house built on enduring rock, so the commandments of God will remain firm in the heart of a holy woman.”
~ Antiphon from the Common of Holy Women

O God, who called your servant Margaret to an earthly throne that she might advance your heavenly kingdom, and gave her zeal for your church and love for your people: Mercifully grant that we who commemorate her this day may be fruitful in good works, and attain to the glorious crown of your saints; though Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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This icon was commissioned by my uncle for a friend of his who is entering the Catholic Church this Easter, and she’s taking St. Margaret of Scotland as her patron saint. :nod: St. Margaret is generally depicted wearing a crown and holding an open book and a cross or crucifix (and sometimes a scepter). I gave her robes of blue and white, for the colors of Scotland's modern flag.

A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF THE SAINT:

St. Margaret of Scotland (1045 – November 16th 1093) was an English princess, the daughter of an English prince, Edward the Exile and a Hungarian lady named Agatha. Her father (Edward the Exile) was sent away to Sweden after the Danes conquered much of England. He traveled far abroad, going from Sweden to Russia and stayed for awhile in the city of Kiev. Finally, as a young man (in his early thirties), he helped Andrew I become King of Hungary and as a reward married a lady of noble birth named Agatha. They had several children together, one of them being Margaret. When their children were still young, they left the Hungarian court and traveled back to England since her father (Edward the Exile) had a claim to the now-vacant throne. However, soon after they reached shore he died and instead her brother Edgar Aetheling took up the claim. Harold Godwinson was chosen instead by the English, and after the Norman conquest of 1066, the family fled north. They had apparently planned to flee to the continent, but a violent storm blew them off course, and instead they landed on the shores of Scotland. The Scottish king Malcolm III (the same Malcolm in Shakespeare’s Macbeth) greeted them with great courtesy. A match was arranged between Malcolm and Margaret and the two were married around 1070.

Although Malcolm was significantly older than her and had a very rough temperament, they had a happy marriage, and Margaret had a gentling influence on her husband. They had eight children together and she was well beloved by the Scottish people. She was particularly fond of serving the poor and orphans and would personally feed the poor that came to her every morning. She brought great educational and religious reforms to the country, inspired everyone with her goodness, gentleness and good sense, and rebuilt monasteries and places of learning. In her personal life she was very pious, attended Mass every day, read a great deal of the Lives of the Saints, the Scriptures and other devotional works. Her husband was often away waging war on the Normans to the south, and that was how he met his end. Malcolm III and their eldest son Edward were killed at the Battle of Alnwick on November 13th, 1093. Malcolm was sixty-two at the time. Margaret was already ill, and her courtiers feared bringing her the news for fear that she would grow worse, but the news reached her eventually, and she died three days after her husband and son on November 16th, 1093, at the age of forty-eight. She was canonized by Pope Innocent IV in 1250.

:rose: The Feast of St. Margaret of Scotland is celebrated on November 16th. :rose:

O God, who made Saint Margaret of Scotland
wonderful in her outstanding charity towards the poor,
grant that through her intercession and example
we may reflect among all humanity the image of your divine goodness.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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methowwolf Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So lovely!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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Catholicfam Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
I am wondering if I can purchase this icon of St. Margaret? 
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You can purchase a print of the icon! My print prices are in my journal. Just note me about which size you'd like and we can go from there. :aww:
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KanchanCollage Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
They're just sooo pretty!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!!! :iconilikeitplz:
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haius Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist
She's the prettiest one in the series, I think, and I'm going to admit the gold accents probably have a lot to do with it!  :D
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww, thank you!! :aww:
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OnPennyLane Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just did a project on her for my religion class- she is a very inspirational person!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh cool! She's certainly an amazing saint. :D
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow! That's awesome!! :D Thank you so much! Happy Easter! :glomp:
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sullobog Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
never heard of St.Margaret before, thanks for the info
as always, the picture is beautiful
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww: Glad you like it! :D
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rcsi1 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Any chance of doing one of St. Brigid at some point? I've got a friend who does quite a bit of work with her.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah! I'd like to eventually, but there's so many saints, where to start?! :XD:
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GUDRUN355 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
So beautifully accomplished! :rose:
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :glomp:
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BohemianBeachcomber Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't commented on all of them, but I like all of these icons of yours! Very snazzy. :nod: :clap:
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :aww: I've really liked making them! ^^
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BohemianBeachcomber Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep! :D
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FusionRow Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Amazing!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!! ^^
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FusionRow Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No probs ;D
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Finarfin24 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
C'est magnifique =)
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
C'est vraiment gentil de ta part. Merci beaucoup!
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Finarfin24 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
I didn't know you can speak french =)
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't. :XD: I googled it. ;-)
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Finarfin24 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Ah ! google traduction will one day save the world x) !
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:XD: I don't know about the Latin function though... XP
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Finarfin24 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
I know this function does exist but I've never had the occasion to use it ^^"
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EA-Nannini Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
St. Margaret of Scotland is my patron saint! She's so dear to me! Thank you for this lovely, lovely painting. SO beautiful. <3
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank YOU!! :hug: I'm happy you like it! :glomp:
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neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful picture. And interesting life of the saint; I didn't know her before.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D I always like doing a bit of research before I set out on these projects. I'm too much of a history nut to help it. ;-)
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neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I completely understand you about that... =D
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Nadyia-Drymer Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's great! I love it, your icons are always very beautiful. :iconiheartitplz:
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!! :glomp:
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
A very nice icon, of an interesting and agreeable character. Keep up the good work!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :aww:
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nKhyi-naonZgo Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I like the ribbons in her braids, and the jeweled cover on the book. I think it's interesting that what we think of as jewel-settings are fairly recent—if you look at some of the few pieces of jewelry we have from the High Middle Ages or Charlemagne's day, they pretty much just stuck precious stones on things in the shape they found them, albeit with their surfaces meticulously polished. Huh, I wonder when we did start actually cutting gemstones? All the pieces I can think of are 19th century.

One quibble: Kiev is in Ukraine, not Russia.

Incidentally, the king in Kiev when Margaret's father, a refugee from the Danes, visited, would probably have been Jaroslav the Wise, son of Vladimir the Fair Sun (i.e. St. Vladimir of Kiev). What's interesting is, some records refer to Vladimir not as Vladimir Sviatoslavicz, but as Valdemar Sveinaldsson—because the kings of Kievan Rus were themselves Scandinavians.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm very happy you like it! :aww: I always like to go a bit ornate, as I'm sure you've been able to guess. ;-) Hmmm, I dunno, maybe the Iron Crown of Lombardy? I couldn't really say; I certainly won't claim to be an expert on the development of jewel facets.

Oh, I never meant to imply that Kiev was in Russia. I know it's in the Ukraine. That sentence was more supposed to imply that he traveled to Russia, through Russia, and then onward to Kiev. Though, I suppose one could argue that Kiev, at the time, was Russian (if anything at the time could have been Russian.) I mean, if they're called the Rus (albeit, the Kievan Rus), that counts as them being Russian I think.
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TarmaHartley Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful! Absolutely stunningly beautiful! :) Gorgeous, vibrant colours, her beautiful features-her eyes are stunning!-and clothing, the beautiful background... simply, exquisitely beautiful! LOVE LOVE IT!!! AWESOME! :)

AMAZING JOB AND STUNNINGLY WONDERFULLY DONE!!! :)

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Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!! :hug:
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TarmaHartley Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! :)
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CrispinVCampion Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Very nice.

P.S do you have any pics of The Sacred Heart & St.Jude.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! ^^

Not an icon, per se. I do have a Divine Mercy image with the Sacred Heart: [link], but I'm afraid no St. Jude.
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CrispinVCampion Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Could I commission you to do a ST. Jude?
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, send me a note or e-mail me at theophilia.art@gmail.com
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