Zachary Roesemann



Julian of Norwich
Egg tempera and gold leaf on wood
9 x 12 inches, 2012

Statement: Julian of Norwich (c. 1342-1416) is perhaps the quintessential Anglican woman at prayer. Credited with writing the first book in English, she blazed a trail that is all the more inspiring because she did it from her cell, with merely a pen and paper. The power of her prayer and faith, of her incessant questioning and probing of God, and of her deep tranquility have inspired both women and men for more than 500 years. Julian remains for us a model of spiritual power. This icon seeks to reflect some of that power and her wisdom gained through prayer—in her face, in the message of love she gives to us (“Would you know our Lord's meaning in this thing? Know it well:  love was His meaning”), and in what she shows us:  all of Creation (“the size of a hazelnut”) cradled in her hand, where “all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.” A powerful message of hope indeed.



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