The Golden Cord


“The Golden Cord”

When I prayed for these beautiful young people on the morning of their wedding, thoughts of the separate worlds of the earthly and spiritual realm and the three-stranded cord came to mind.

As I painted I felt the full weight of support for this couple from both realms: the people who surround them in the natural, and the heavenly host, the great cloud of witnesses, cheering them on as they run their race.

The tree represents Casey-Lee and Izaacc as individuals, entwined and abiding in the Holy Trinity. The three-stranded cord. Each is nourished and protected by the same source – with roots deeply planted in the foundation of their faith. The three, of course, are symbolic of the trinitarian relationship. I wrote “3 in 1” on the canvas before I began. They are never alone as in God they are always connected. Always three in one. Even when there’s a ‘disconnect’ in daily married life, as sometimes happens in any marriage journey, the golden cord is not broken.

The three-stranded cord (Ecc 4:12) is often used in wedding ceremonies but I felt there was a further aspect for Casey-Lee and Izaacc – with the three representing the symbiotic relationship between them “as one”; the earthly realm; and the spiritual realm.

The left side of the tree represents the myriad of family and friends supporting them. Blue represents humanity and healing, and pink is the colour of joy. The right side is the entry to the heavenly realm. Gold represents divinity and glory, and purple is the colour of royalty.

Ecc 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.


Title: The Golden Cord  ||  Artist: Wendy Manzo  || Painted: Wedding ceremony, Gold Coast, 16th April 2021

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About Giclee printing.

We use the word ‘print’ so that we are easily understood, however, technically speaking, our prints are not prints at all. They are fine art reproductions of original works. The quality is so high that it is difficult to tell between the reproduction and the original.

The most critical part of reproducing artwork is Digital Capture and Colour Correction, so the photographic file provides the truest representation of the original. It’s not just using a good camera, but using the right camera with expertise and experience. Wendy’s artwork is captured using specialised techniques to ensure your reproductions will be colour correct and faithfully reproduce all the detail and tones of the original painting.

Giclee Reproductions are premium high-resolution digital images produced on museum quality, Canson 300-320gsm Cotton Rag (fine cotton fibres woven into a paper-like product) printed with archival Canon Lucia EX 12-colour pigment high-performance inks. Canon Lucia EX pigment inks achieve an “under glass” permanence of 95 years for colour images.

Giclee can be confusing, as many may incorrectly assume that all digital printing is equal. Essentially Giclee (pronounced ‘zhee-clay’) is an invented name from the French word ‘le gicleur’ meaning ‘to squirt’. It was originally coined in 1991 to distinguish between common digital prints and the highest quality form of art reproductions using wide format inkjet printing technology. In 30+ years, this technology has advanced enormously, giving an even wider distinction between Giclee reproductions and digital prints. However, we still use the word ‘print’ because it is the common use of the term and it’s easier to say than ‘reproductions’.

Fine Art Giclee Reproductions should be protected by framing behind glass, using a matte to separate them from the glass. Consult your local framer for the best way to frame your art reproduction and read our blog article “Caring for your Fine Art” for information on ensuring your artwork still looks amazing for 3 – 4 generations. When you invest in a quality print you want it to last!

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Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 76 × 5 × 122 cm
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