According to legend, the first person to paint this image was St. Luke, while visiting St. Mary—who blessed the image. This image is claimed to have resided in palaces and chapels in Constantinople, Russia, and Rome. It has been venerated for centuries by emperors and peasants alike. Bridging East and West, “The Sovereign Way” is a classic Byzantine image.
I love this image and have painted it many times. With origins in antiquity, I feel this regal icon stands with the strength and dignity to continue its appeal in these contemporary times.