September 21, 2009

Saint Matthew the Accountant...

...renders his account.

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG

6 comments:

PseudoPiskie said...

I assume you wrote the icon, Tobias. What has St Matthew written?

Tobias Stanislas Haller said...

Yes, PsP, I wrote this earlier this year (or was it late last year?). The text in his hands is the opening of his Gospel, a long list of who begat whom. It struck me as a suitable account for an accountant who "spent his days at the customs desk." Matthew clearly had an orderly mind and liked to tie things together; hence the repeated references to "this was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet..." Balancing the books, so to speak.

Paul said...

I love it. Especially since I worked two decades as an accountant. (Worked as one; I are not one.)

Grandmère Mimi said...

Lovely icon. Matthew looks quite serious. Most accountants I know are serious, except Paul, but, as he says, he's not a real accountant, being no more than a poseur.

Tobias Stanislas Haller said...

Thanks Paul, and Mimi. While I was working this icon into form, one of my brothers commented, "It looks as if he's dined on lemons." This is all part of my effort to make the saints seem a bit more human -- stern or joyful as the case might be -- but always with a sense of "the convicting look" that might cause one to stop in one's tracks and say, "Oh my. Can I live up to that?"

BillyD said...

I don't think he looks all that stern - I think he's got sort of a Mona Lisa smile going on.