Painting Saint Lawrence

A Life in Icons


The long-anticipated documentary filmed, produced, and directed by Dan Agulian is now available online. Painting Saint Lawrence portrays Father Luke’s struggle to complete this masterwork before his advancing Parkinson’s disease renders him incapable. We follow along as Father Luke works, and learn the twelve basic steps of the ancient art of Byzantine iconography. The icons themselves tell us the fascinating story of Saint Lawrence, a third-century deacon martyr who is beloved by Christians of both East and West. All who are interested in iconography, early Christian martyrs, or the struggles and triumphs of an artist battling a chronic disease will find this film both enlightening and deeply moving.

A Greek version of the movie is available to view as well.