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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 147 ART AROUND THE WORLD

Icon Art

PAINTING THE DIVINE

 

When is a painting not just a painting? When does it become a symbol of the mystic, the spiritual? For more than 1,500 years, the faithful from the Orthodox Christian tradition have stood in front of images or icons of their God, seeking a connection to the divine. Byzantine icon paintings—relatively small, gold-leafed two-dimensional works of art emblazoned with colorful images or symbols of God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, saints, and martyrs—have become the most recognizable form of icon art today. Although most Byzantine icons were painted on wood panel, icons ...

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