A Coptic icon artist honors the 21 Christian martyrs murdered by ISIS in Libya.
When the Coptic Church announced this weekend that their 21 brothers killed by the Islamic State in Libya had been officially martyred, the iconography already existed. Virginia-area artist Tony Rezk, himself a Copt born in Egypt, had already paid tribute. In an interview, Rezk talks about these new martyrs, his faith, and his art. – KJL
Kathryn Jean Lopez: What was your purpose and intention when you painted an icon of the Egyptian Copts martyred last week by the Islamic State?
Tony Rezk: My ultimate purpose was to honor them and the sacrifice that they made. Tertullian, a Christian apologist from the third century, before he joined a non-Orthodox Christian sect, said, “The blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church.” We believe that their martyrdom will