This book contains four essays dealing with the history of Orthodox iconography, the iconographic decoration of churches, the functions of icons, as well as the theology and aesthetics of Byzantine iconography. It also includes three appendices on important texts of early Christianity on icons, explanations of iconographic techniques, and an analysis of two Russian books on icons.
An icon is not an end in itself; it is not just an aesthetic object to be admired for any artistic merit it has, but it is essentially a symbol, leading us beyond it. It is meant to lead us from the physical and psychophysical world to the spiritual one. And so she is, as St. John of Damascus says, a model of something heavenly. Iconography manages to depict holiness, by revealing the divine world, not only through the theme used, but also through the way of...
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