Beauty, like truth, brings joy to the human heart and is that precious fruit which resists the erosion of time, which unites generations and enables them to be one in admiration…
Art must make perceptible, and as far as possible attractive, the world of the Spirit, of the invisible, of God. It must therefore translate into meaningful terms that which is in itself ineffable.
Blessed John Paul II, Letter to Artists
Icons are not just religious art but are actually the Word of God as Image. For this reason, Orthodox Iconography is written (rather than painted) according to particular canons of the Church by an Iconographer fully immersed in her life and practice.
In these canons, linear time, gravity, shadows, three-dimensional space, natural perspective and human passions do not exist. An Icon is written objectively rather than subjectively, as is other art. During the process of writing an Icon, the Iconographer dies to himself in order to be a vessel for Truth and purity, so that the Sacred Icon can draw into the very presence of the holy one depicted all those who gaze upon it, that they might be sanctified and share more fully in the Divinity of Christ.
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