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St. Mark the Evangelist by Theophilia St. Mark the Evangelist by Theophilia
St. Mark the Evangelist icon
April 25th, 2013
4.5 x 6 inches
Ink, watercolor, gold leaf


“O blessed Mark, O voice of God, as an apostle of Christ
you were taught by the chief apostle Peter.
Like the sun you brought light to the nations, Enrichment of Alexandria.
Liberator of Egypt from pagan delusions,
as a pillar of light to the church
you enlightened all by your evangelical teachings.
Therefore we honor your memory with great festivity,
pray to God the giver of the Gospel
that He will grant the forgiveness of our sins.”

~ Troparion, Tone 1 (St. Mark)

The holy evangelists searched the wisdom of past ages. Through their gospels they confirmed the words of the prophets, alleluia! -Antiphon of the Feast of St. Mark

Happy Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist! School is almost out for the semester so I’m almost done with all of my various projects and hopefully that will mean more time for art. So here’s St. Mark, who basically is here for you today because a commission of St. Luke wasn’t going so well (I find it ironic that St. Luke, who is the patron saint of artists, was not cooperating for me) and then I realized that St. Mark’s feast day was coming up. So here he is! St. Mark is looking (and wearing) some rather Roman-looking garb because of his associations with St. Peter and the church in Rome. I also decided to employ a unique pose for the Evangelists—namely that they are presenting the Gospel in front of themselves, with it centered in the middle, with one of the four living creatures perched above their respective Gospel. The open book is illuminated and the words in gold are the first words of the Gospel of Mark. :D

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A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF THE SAINT:

St. Mark the Evangelist (first century A.D.), or “John Mark” is the traditional author of the Gospel according to Mark and the founder of the church in Alexandria, which became one of the major early Christian episcopal sees. He was the son of a woman named Mary, who was an earlier follower of Jesus Christ, and the cousin of Barnabas. He had a very close relationship with St. Peter, later acting as his helper and interpreter. Acts 12:12 mentions that the early Christians gathered in his mother’s house, and some believe that the Upper Room belonged to their family as well. Mark himself was one of the seventy-two disciples sent out by Jesus and therefore had personal knowledge of Jesus. It’s also thought that the young man fleeing naked in the Garden of Gethsemane after the arrest of Jesus was Mark himself (Mark 14:51-52), since his is the only Gospel that recounts the incident.

Mark is mentioned a number of times as being the traveling companion of Saints Paul and Barnabas. He was also the source of a fight between Paul and Barnabas. Barnabas wanted to take St. Mark with them, but Paul did not, since, he argued, Mark had deserted them in Pamphylia. Barnabas and Paul eventually parted company. However, it seems that later Paul and Mark were reconciled, encouraging St. Paul to later write to Timothy: "Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry." (II Timothy 4:11) St. Mark also was with St. Paul in the latter’s imprisonment in Rome, when Paul writes to the Colossians: “Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, sends you his greetings; and also Barnabas's cousin Mark (about whom you received instructions; if he comes to you, welcome him).” (Col 4:10) He’s also mentioned in the letter to Philemon: “Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow workers.” (Phm 1:23-24).

St. Mark the Evangelist was also close to St. Peter, who called Mark “his son” (I Peter 5:13). Peter is considered one of the major sources of Mark’s Gospel, and it’s been traditionally held that Mark wrote down his Gospel at the behest of Peter and the Christians living in Rome at the time. His Gospel is also considered to be the earliest one, probably written after Peter’s martyrdom in 64 A.D. The Gospel of Mark is clearly meant for a non-Jewish audience, because Jewish religious practices and Aramaic phrases are often used and translated in his Gospel. Mark’s Gospel is also known for it’s short, concise narrative, and the portrayal of Jesus’ emotional, human side. The main focus of Mark’s Gospel is the ministry of Jesus and His Passion. Christ is presented primarily as proclaiming the Kingdom of God and the book focuses on his miracles, exorcisms and his other works, whereas there are fewer sermons and parables. The Jesus of Mark’s Gospel is more a man of action than of words.

Eventually, St. Mark was sent to Alexandria and founded the church there. According to Eusebius (Eccl. Hist. 2.24.1), Mark was succeeded by Anianus, who became Alexandria’s first patriarch. One tradition states that St. Mark was martyred in the year 68 A.D. by the pagan Alexandrians while they were celebrating a festival in honor of one of their gods. St. Mark was tied up with thick ropes and dragged violently through the streets until he was killed.

In 828 A.D. some sailors and merchants from Venice stole the body of St. Mark from Alexandria by covering it up with layers of pork (since the Muslim guards weren’t supposed to touch pork, they didn’t look too closely at the contents of the Venetian’s cargo) and took it back to Venice. St. Mark replaced St. Theodore as the patron saint of Venice, and in 1063, a magnificent church was planned to house the relics of the saint.

All four of the Evangelists have a symbol that represents them in traditional Christian iconography, based on the four living creatures from Revelations 4:7 and Ezekial 1:10. The symbol of St. Mark is a winged lion, because of the associations with the beginning of his Gospel which references St. John the Baptist as crying out in the desert. The Lion symbolizes the powerful “roar” of the word of God going out into the world, and also represents the majesty and power of Jesus Christ in the Gospel.

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:rose: The Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist is celebrated on April 25th. :rose:

O God, who raised up Saint Mark, your Evangelist,
and endowed him with the grace to preach the Gospel,
grant, we pray, that we may so profit from his teaching
as to follow faithfully in the footsteps of Christ.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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artelizdesouza Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hi! An Instagram account here in Brazil used your image without giving the credits. I asked them to do so in a comment. Link: www.instagram.com/p/BEn-N1cuGb…
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for letting me know, and for looking out for my work! I really appreciate it! :aww:
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mdeaaaaa Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015
wOnDeRfuL!!!! I've seen your St Matthew and Luke icons, is there also one for St. John?
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I have not finished my icon of St. John yet--mostly because his feast day falls within the Christmas season and that time of year is ALWAYS busy--but I am planning on trying to finish an icon of him this year. We'll see. :nod: 
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X-Linglinglao12-X Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Student General Artist
Mark gets dragged (Emoticon Gif) 
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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X-Linglinglao12-X Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Student General Artist
Jesus 
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GabrielaBorta Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your beautiful artwork was featured in my journal Aww
You can take a look here:saphirekitsune.deviantart.com/…
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the feature! :hug: God bless! :hug:
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GabrielaBorta Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tight Hug !!! I'm happy and honoredThank you! Thank you! to meet you and your artwork .

Good luck!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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elizile Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's PERFECT. I love it!!!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!! :glomp:
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petit-chat-noir Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Amazing! Nod
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:aww:
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petit-chat-noir Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
Yup! You can tell I love your stuff! :squee:
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jules4jc Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
I would love to put some of your works in our youth room. Can i get your permission to do so?
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Send me a note or e-mail me at theophilia.art@gmail.com which pictures you'd like to use and what size. :nod:
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BohemianBeachcomber Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm always amazed at how much detail you manage to put into smaller works like this. Wow. Great job! :hug:
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwww, why thank you!! :aww:
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BohemianBeachcomber Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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RowanLewgalon Featured By Owner May 14, 2013   General Artist
Love him!
Wonderful work.
I did paint him, too, last month. =D
Blessings to you.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!

Oh really! Where? I looked for him in your gallery but I couldn't find him.
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RowanLewgalon Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   General Artist
I did not upload it yet - I wasn't around here very much because my subscription had expired.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh okay. :nod:
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RowanLewgalon Featured By Owner May 18, 2013   General Artist
Now he's there :)
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TarmaHartley Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Once again, AMAZING AND SPLENDID ART with an AMAZING BACKGROUND! :) *I love his expression; he looks so serene...*

AWESOME WORK & SPLENDIDLY DONE!!! :)

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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah! You are always so nice! Thank you very much! :meow: :D
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TarmaHartley Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! :)

Hope you have a great day! :)
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Michabdo Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
what a living icon! - his eyes are so full of tender love and sweetness!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! ^^ The eyes are probably the hardest thing to get right with all of these icons. :nod:
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joshuaruben1 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
congratulations! you realize the other three evangelists? :)
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yeah, I'm working on the others. They'll probably come out on their respective feast days. :nod: (St. Matthew is September 21st and St. John is December 27th. I'm working on St. Luke right now.)
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joshuaruben1 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
I can't wait to see! you're so good! :)
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! ^^
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somk Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very nice! What about the size?
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! The size of the original? It's 4.5 by 6 inches. :nod:
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Mandinga91 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i always like your catholic icons,they are so awesome and technical,totally love them!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!!! :meow:
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Mahira-chan Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013   General Artist
Wonderful work! You know, what I really like about your art when you do this type of piece is that it is very formal and iconographic and all, but the people within don't look flat or dull, without expression or character. This piece shows a nice intersection of the traditional look and your own creative touch :)
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww! Thank you! :meow: That's something I really strive for, actually. I love religious iconography, but a lot of it is either so highly stylized that it reduces the people they represent to mere symbols, or they're really fuzzy and sentimental and very unrealistic. I like art that reconciles the two: making the people realistic and beautiful, but also using recognizable iconography as well. :) I think Viktor Vasnetsov and Bouguereau did a good job of that. :) Maybe hat's why they're some of my favorite artists. ;-)
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Mahira-chan Featured By Owner May 18, 2013   General Artist
You're welcome! Yes, exactly! And I'll certainly have to look up those two :nod:
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BronzeLion Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013   General Artist
Pray for unity between our Church and the Coptic church of Alexandria which St. Mark established so long ago; as well as the protection of the Christians of Egypt in these trying times.

Pray for us O' evangelist. All these we ask through Christ, our LORD.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Christians in Egypt have suffered a lot. :( Perhaps that's why Our Lady appeared to them at Zeitoun.
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OmieTheHomie Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Amen brother!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:aww:
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CrispinVCampion Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Beautiful.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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CrispinVCampion Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
You're welcome.
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